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Commander statement after police assaulted at Notting Hill Carnival

Commander statement after police assaulted at Notting Hill Carnival

A police commander has described being "extremely disappointed" after the Notting Hill Carnival resulted in 353 arrests during a blisteringly hot bank holiday weekend.

A total of 37 assaults were recorded against police officers across two days and Commander Dave Musk said he was proud of his team’s professionalism.

The Met say 30 of its officers suffered minor injuries at the annual carnival where temperatures reached over 30 degrees.

Speaking of the trouble, Commander Musker said: "Although I am happy with the smooth running of the festivities, I am, once again, extremely disappointed that a number of people feel that they can assault my officers who are working in very difficult circumstances to try and protect everyone in attendance.

"Officers put themselves on the frontline and should, under no circumstance be assaulted for protecting the public. We will adopt a zero tolerance approach to any assault on police officers."
He went on to explain why he authorised a section 60 Criminal and Public Order authority across the carnival’s geographical area yesterday.

"The use of this authority should provide reassurance to our public that the Met are constantly working to keep them safe and should send a clear message to those intent on bringing weapons to Carnival, that we will do everything in our power to stop them and arrest them. I want to emphasise that Section 60 is used as a preventative power."

Commander Musker said a number of offensive weapons were seized because of the Section 60 order.
He added: "I would like to thank our colleagues at the British Transport Police and City of London Police for their support over the weekend.

"I would also like to thank our colleagues at London’s Ambulance Service for their hard work in looking after carnival-goers who had suffered injuries and dehydration in the extreme heat.

"The smooth running of this year’s event also would not have been possible without the support of all our partners, especially the Notting Hill Carnival organisers who we have worked very closely with.

"We will continue to review our security measures and have a post-event debrief to ensure that going forward, Notting Hill Carnival is a day that is enjoyable and safe for everyone attending."

Breakdown of the arrests:
Assault police – 37
Drink drive – 2
Criminal damage – 2
Public order – 31
Offensive weapons – 34
Theft – 10
Drugs – 162
Sexual offences – 10
Robbery – 5
ABH / Common assault – 40
Other – 40

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