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Notting Hill Carnival 'must be made safer', policing report says

Notting Hill Carnival “poses a risk to public safety,” an official report from the London Assembly has warned. The report warned London’s mayor Sadiq Khan that overcrowding and a rise in violent crime were the two main issues, according to the BBC.  

Steve O’Connell, the chairman of the committee, warned “alarm bells are ringing” over the carnival, which has experienced an 86% increase in violent crimes since 2010. “Coupled with the risks around crowd control, there is a very real threat of serious harm to a large number of people,” he said.

We want carnival to succeed, but it has reached a tipping point where the status quo is not an option. The previous mayor got a grip on London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks, the current mayor now needs to do the same with Notting Hill carnival”.

Organisers of the event, which draws a million-strong crowd together for Europe’s biggest street party, must now accept help and advice from the London mayor and the recommendations of a forthcoming review into crowd management, the report says. 

The mayor’s office has yet to officially respond to the report but has ruled out moving or cancelling the festival, the BBC reported. 

SOURCE: The Guardian

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