Thursday, 22 October 2015

Local residents call for urgent changes to Notting Hill Carnival

The London Evening Standard reports that residents of Notting Hill have demanded drastic changes to the carnival after a “terrifying” surge in crime at this year’s parade. More than 100 people attended a public meeting to put their concerns to police, council chiefs and organisers. Eleven people were stabbed at the August bank holiday event and 407 arrests were made — the highest number in a decade. More than 40 blades were seized. Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe warned last month  that budget cuts mean Scotland Yard will not be able to guarantee the safety of revellers at next year’s parade. Policing the iconic event cost £6.5 million in 2015.

Image: David Sedlecký

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