Hopes for peaceful end to carnival

Police overseeing Europe's biggest street festival are hoping for a peaceful end to the Notting Hill Carnival today despite stabbings

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Police to use 'face recognisers' to spot Carnival troublemakers

A total of 6,145 police officers on Sunday and just over 7,000 on Monday will be on duty during the Notting Hill Carnival. The Metropolitan Police will be using 'police super recognisers' - officers with the ability to remember hundreds of offenders' faces.

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Police watch crowds pass along Notting Hill Gate after the second day of the Notting Hill Carnival 2013 Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

"I want to say to those who want to come to cause trouble, do not come, you will be dealt with swiftly and robustly. The Met will do everything in its power to make it as hard as possible for you."

– Superintendent Robyn Williams

Police have this advice for visitors:

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Police say they want everyone to have a happy and safe carnival experience Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire
  • Keep an eye on your belongings, particularly your mobile phone
  • Don't bring too much cash
  • Don't wear expensive jewellery
  • Plan your journey - www.met.police.ukhas a map of the route
  • Go with the crowd and move along the route
  • Make a plan to meet with your friends if you get separated
  • Police officers may ask you to walk a longer route for safety reasons
  • Follow the Met Police on Twitter @MetPoliceEvents
  • If you know anyone who is planning a crime, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Two jailed for raping girls after Notting Hill Carnival

Two men have been jailed for a total of 22 years for raping girls they met at the Notting Hill Carnival last summer.

25 year old Shane Wyllie from Enfield was sentenced to 14 years for raping two teenage girls at his home. 21 year old Linvan Jaisingh received 8 years for the rape of one teenager, as well as giving a false witness statement to police.

They were sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court after a three week trial.


Crime at Notting Hill Carnival "significantly down on last year"

Revellers enjoy Carnival at the weekend.
Revellers enjoy Carnival at the weekend. Credit: PA/ John Stilwell

Reported crime at this year's Notting Hill Carnival is "significantly down" on last year's event, police have said.

There were a total of 301 arrests as part of the Met Police's Notting Hill Carnival operation.

They were broken down as:

18 for assault on police

6 for criminal damage

64 for public order offences

19 for possession of an offensive weapon

96 for drugs

16 for theft

3 for sexual assault

12 for robbery

10 for GBH

14 for common assault

43 other

A man dresses up as police helmet at Carnival!
A man dresses up as police helmet at Carnival! Credit: PA/ John Stilwell


Notting Hill Carnival Safety Tips

1) Meet friends before entering the Notting Hill Carnival area.

2) With so many people in the area, you may struggle to get mobile phone reception, so ensure you have a set meeting place in case you lose anyone.

3) Make sure you know how you are getting home before you arrive. A number of tube stations in the area are closed or exit only for much of the weekend.

4) Go with the flow of the crowd.

5) Don’t bring your valuables or wear expensive jewellery and don't carry too much cash.

6) Keep your belongings with you at all times.

7) Drink plenty of water.

8) Consider using a disposable camera, rather than an expensive camera.

9) If you see an unattended bag or package, report it immediately

10) Make sure you take a map with you

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