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Met officers thank Londoners for 'spectacular' carnival

SUCCESS: Notting Hill Carnival

THE METROPOLITAN Police have thanked Londoners for a 'safe and spectacular carnival', with Commander Dave Musker, who led the policing operation, describing it as “one of the smoothest and most efficient carnivals I have seen”.

“Carnival is one of London’s best attended events, celebrating the diversity of this amazing city. Unfortunately there is still a minority that seek to tarnish this celebration and we will continue to review our security measures to ensure that going forward, Notting Hill Carnival is a day that is enjoyable and safe for everyone attending,” said Musker.

He also thanked the Mayor of London, the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, Westminster Council, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and emergency service colleagues, for the smooth running of carnival this year.

More than a million revellers descended on west London for the annual event which took place yesterday and Sunday.

In preparation for the event, officers imposed stop-and-search orders on both days and installed new “knife arch” metal detectors at key points for the first time after a surge in violence on London’s streets.

“On both Saturday and Sunday, I authorised a Section 60 Order across the Carnival area in response to the recent increase in violent crime in the capital. For the first time we also included screening arches at certain locations, to deter those who may have been planning on coming to the event, armed with an offensive weapon," said Musker.

"We believe they acted as a successful deterrent, as well as detecting a substantial number of offensive weapons. I am very pleased with the results of the screening arches and the Section 60 order; 36 offensive weapons were taken off the streets by my officers and 373 arrests were made over the course of the weekend, which we expect could rise.

A man who suffered non-life threatening injuries after being stabbed in Ladbroke Grove last night was thought to be the only knife crime victim of the carnival.

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