Car­ni­val cops are ‘used as punch bags’

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PO­LICE of­fi­cers “dread” hav­ing to work at the Not­ting Hill Car­ni­val and an “un­ac­cept­able” num­ber are be­ing at­tacked at the event, a rank-and­file group leader said.

Chair­man of the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice Fed­er­a­tion Ken Marsh claimed that an in­creas­ing num­ber of crim­i­nals want to hi­jack the cel­e­bra­tion and turn of­fi­cers into “pro­fes­sional punch bags”.

The lat­est fig­ures from Scot­land Yard showed that 25 peo­ple had been held for as­sault­ing po­lice. A to­tal of 45 of­fi­cers were in­jured.

Mr Marsh said: “This is not a peace­ful and fun-lov­ing event that our mem­bers look for­ward to polic­ing. They dread it.

“A seem­ingly grow­ing num­ber of peo­ple ap­pear in­tent on hi­jack­ing this car­ni­val and turn­ing it into a Bank Hol­i­day bat­tle­ground, and an ex­cuse for us­ing our mem­bers as pro­fes­sional punch bags.

“Last year we had an of­fi­cer stabbed. This year col­leagues were as­saulted, abused and spat at.

“It’s com­pletely and ut­terly un­ac­cept­able.”

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