Some 313 people were arrested during this year’s Notting Hill Carnival with a further 656 made proactively in the weeks beforehand, and now the boss of the London Police Federation has called time on the annual party which is known for criminality, as well as costumes and parades.
The Daily Telegraph reports:
The Notting Hill Carnival should be cancelled because of the number of police officers who are attacked at the event, the chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation has suggested.
Ken Marsh, who leads the rank-and-file group, said it is a “disgrace” that police officers were attacked with blood and bottles.
The Bank Holiday weekend event in west London saw 28 police officers injured, with bottles and other objects thrown at them, blood spat at them and a potentially acidic substance thrown at them.
Mr Marsh said: “What other event would be allowed to carry on regardless with so many police colleagues under attack?”
He said he suspected the true figure of officers injured on duty during the two-day carnival will end up being more than 28 – the number released by the Metropolitan Police on Monday night.
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