The number of people arrested at Notting Hill Carnival dropped by more than 30% compared to last year according to figures released by Scotland Yard. It’s led to many saying the annual Bank Holiday street party was an overwhelming success, but that has been called into question by the Metropolitan Police Federation.
There were 313 arrests in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea over the two days, compared with 454 last year, but the lower figure may have resulted from police arresting 656 people prior to the event. Dawn raids were executed on those suspected of planning to cause trouble at Notting Hill Carnival.
Dave Musker, the Met’s gold commander for the bank holiday weekend, said: “I don’t really care what we arrest them for, I’ll be [as] lawfully audacious as I can to get them off the streets.”
Overall police numbers were much the the same as last year, with about 15,000 shifts worked over the two days. This works out as about 6,000 to 7,000 officers on duty each day, while a total of 28 police officers received injuries across both days.
Despite the fall in the number of arrests, Ken Marsh, head of the Metropolitan Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file officers, condemned the Carnival. He said the true number of injured officers would be higher than the figure announced, claiming that his members had been attacked with “blood, bottles and dangerous ‘liquid’”.
A group of young people deemed to be at risk of getting caught up in crime and disorder during the carnival were removed from the area and invited to a watersports weekend at a cost of more than £1,000 each, according to the Guardian.