Author: Jeevan Robinson | Date: 12 August 2011
Following from the recent London riots, the Metropolitan Police Service says it is moving forward with its plans to cover the Notting Hill Carnival.
London Notting Hill Carnival Ltd said the Metropolitan Police Service has not asked us to cancel the event.
Also giving confirmation that carnival in London will proceed was Trinidad and Tobago's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Garvin Nicholas.' I spoke with the organisers today. As things stand, I do not think the Carnival will be affected in any way. Nicholas told Trinidad's Newsday.
The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) have currently made no recommendations to cancel Notting Hill Carnival and we will continue to plan for the event, the Met said in a statement issued to Notting Hill Carnival Ltd. The statement went on to state, ' the MPS continues to work in close liaison with Notting Hill Carnival Ltd and the other partner agencies involved in Notting Hill Carnival. Our plans will be under constant review and this will continue right up to and during the event itself.
Policing operations units such as''the British Transport Police,'the Mounted Branch, the Marine Policing Unit, Status Dogs Unit as well as special constables and volunteer police cadets, will help to police the Carnival. London's police have also sent letters warming potential trouble makers to stay away from the event.
London Notting HIll Carniva Ltd have stated that they will be meeting with the local authorities, carnivalists and the Metropolitan Police Service to assess the severity of the impact the riots may potentially have had on Notting Hill Carnival 2011 and to discuss measures that will be put in place to avoid any untoward incidents.
The Police have said they will continue Operation Razorback, an operation done every year since 2001 in the weeks leading up to the Carnival, in an effort to target known troublemakers.