Hun­dreds ar­rested at car­ni­val over weapons of­fences

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - FREDERICA MILLER

MORE than 12,000 of­fi­cers were de­ployed to this year’s Not­ting Hill Car­ni­val, which ac­cord­ing to po­lice, was a widely peace­ful event.

Of­fi­cers were given Sec­tion 60 stop and search pow­ers which led to nearly 400 ar­rests and 36 of­fen­sive weapons be­ing seized.

Polic­ing of the two-day street party was ramped up after a week of blood­shed in the cap­i­tal in which six peo­ple were shot.

Metropoli­tan Po­lice con­firmed its of­fi­cers re­moved 36 danger­ous weapons from the streets dur­ing the car­ni­val.

Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice (BTP) counted four knives and a corrosive sub­stance among the items it con­fis­cated from fes­ti­val-go­ers, with BTP of­fi­cers mak­ing 12 ar­rests.

Fol­low­ing a spike in street vi­o­lence and knife crime in the cap­i­tal, the Met’s Task Force of­fi­cers were also out in large num­bers work­ing to keep the event free from vi­o­lence.

A male stabbed in Lad­broke Grove on Mon­day night suf­fered non fa­tal in­juries. Ac­cord­ing to the Met he was the only re­ported vic­tim of knife crime at dur­ing the car­ni­val.

Pho­tos shared by po­lice on so­cial me­dia re­veal just a hand­ful of the ter­ri­fy­ing knives that were taken off the streets around the event.

BTP Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent John Con­aghan said: “This was a par­tic­u­larly busy pe­riod for our of­fi­cers and I would like to thank them for their ded­i­ca­tion and ex­tremely hard work.

“Thanks to their dili­gence and pro­por­tion­ate use of stop and search pow­ers, a num­ber of in­di­vid­u­als were ar­rested dur­ing the Car­ni­val.

“Most no­tably, four knives were seized dur­ing those ar­rests as well as a corrosive sub­stance, ca­pa­ble of caus­ing se­ri­ous harm.

“Th­ese danger­ous and po­ten­tially lethal weapons were re­moved from the streets, un­doubt­edly mak­ing it safer for pas­sen­gers and car­ni­val at­ten­dees.”

A carv­ing knife was seized by Met Task Force of­fi­cers after a search at an en­trance to the event.

Dur­ing the event, po­lice urged peo­ple against bring­ing knives to the car­ni­val in a tweet: “We are on an en­trance point and search­ing peo­ple un­der Sec­tion 60 or Sec­tion 1 for weapons. A few knives seized and so far seven ar­rests. Hope ev­ery­one else has a fun and safe week­end here. Don’t bring knives to the car­ni­val.”

A kitchen knife was dis­cov­ered by of­fi­cers comb­ing the streets around car­ni­val for weapons which may have been stashed.

The knife was found dur­ing a weapons sweep of Tav­i­s­tock Road just mo­ments away from Lad­broke Grove, a key car­ni­val hub.

Met Task Force tweeted: “One tac­tic we utilise is weapons sweeps. Of­fi­cers search po­ten­tial hid­ing points for weapons which get stashed for easy ac­cess. This one was found on Tav­i­s­tock Road. An­other life saved.”

Two of the knives seized at the car­ni­val

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