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NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL - STATEMENT

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Speaking after the 2001 Notting Hill Carnival, Toby Harris, chair of ...
Speaking after the 2001 Notting Hill Carnival, Toby Harris, chair of

the Metropolitan Police Authority said:

'There is no doubt that the overall success of this year's Notting

Hill Carnival and the much lower crime rate, compared to last year's,

owes much to the tireless efforts of all those involved with its

organisation.

'In particular I pay tribute to the superb police operation over the

weekend which meant that both Sunday and Monday passed relatively

peacefully with few serious crimes being committed. However, it is

unfortunate that the official closedown time of 7pm was flagrantly

ignored making the police job more difficult and creating potential

for further crime and disorder.

'It is impossible with so many people crowded into such a confined

area for police to prevent every serious assault or crime, but the

low crime rate indicates the decision to increase the numbers of

police and stewards at Notting Hill Carnival was vindicated.

'If things have gone better this year it has been at a substantial

cost. It is therefore important that the main recommendations of the

Carnival review group concerning recruitment of stewards, numbers of

floats and the route, are addressed forthwith in preparation for next

year's event.'

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