30 Police Officers have been assaulted with 37 individuals being arrested for assault on police during the Notting Hill Carnival.
Emergency Services News reported on Monday 26th August that on day one of the event, 12 officers had been assaulted during what is referred to as being’ families day’.
However, by the end of day two, this number had nearly tripled to 30 officers being assaulted.
News of the high number of assaults on members of the emergency services has seen some people calling for the event to be scaled down as the vast majority of the general public condemned the violence aimed at the emergency services.
Many officers ended up finishing their shift on day one of the event at 1 a.m. on Sunday, only to have to return to the Carnival 5 hours later at 0600 hours.
Dave Musker, the Met’s lead officer for Notting Hill Carnival 2019, said:
“Carnival is one of London’s best-attended events, celebrating the diversity of this amazing city and everything that it stands for.
“The weekend brings together a wide range of people from all over the Capital, and beyond – and we have worked closely with the event organisers to ensure that everyone who attends has a safe and enjoyable time.
“We would like to thank all those who took to the streets to celebrate everything that the Carnival stands for in a kind and considerate manner, however, a small number of people attempted to ruin the event by bringing dangerous weapons with them.
“Thousands of officers worked some very long shifts in over 30-degree heat this weekend to keep visitors safe, and I am extremely proud of their dedication, professionalism and positivity; especially with the weather conditions being particularly challenging.
“Without their hard work and commitment, Notting Hill Carnival would not be able to go ahead.
“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.
“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.
As of 22:00hrs on Monday, 26th August, the Met Police confirmed that there have been an overall total of 353 arrests across both Carnival days.
On Sunday there were a total of 111 arrests, and on Monday 242 arrests were made.
Thirty-seven people were arrested for assault on police, 31 arrests were made for public order offences, 34 for having an offensive weapon, 162 for drug offences, 10 for sexual offences, 5 for robbery, 5 for GBH and 14 for ABH/common assault.
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