Police have issued advice to people attending the Notting Hill Carnival this year.
People have been asked to follow the following advice to help keep them safe:
– Tubes and buses will be busy, so plan your journey in advance;
– Sunday is Children’s Day and traditionally less crowded;
– Go with the flow of the crowd, don’t try and walk against it;
– Have a set meeting place in case you lose family or friends, try not to rely on your mobile phone;
– Don’t bring valuables or wear expensive jewellery;
– Keep your belongings with you at all times;
– Don’t carry too much cash or credit cards;
– Stay hydrated – very warm weather is forecast for the weekend;
– Police officers are there to help – sometimes they may ask you to walk a longer route but this will be for the safety of you and others.
Commander Dave Musker, Gold Commander for Notting Hill Carnival, said: “The MPS seeks to support the Notting Hill Carnival Ltd, Carnival participants and local communities to deliver a safe and spectacular event every year.
“Whilst the vast majority of Carnival goers are law-abiding, sadly a small number are intent on committing acts of violence. Whilst this behaviour does form a very small part of what is on the whole a spectacular event, the MPS is uncompromising in striving to maintain the safety and security of the public, and will do what is necessary and proportionate to protect those attending.
“Let no one be in any doubt that if you have an intention of coming to Carnival to be involved in crime or violence, my officers will proactively target you to keep the thousands of law abiding attendees safe.
“If you know of anyone who plans to cause trouble at this vibrant, celebratory event, or use it as a cover for crime, I would urge you to contact police. Please help us keep London safe. If you aren’t comfortable speaking directly to police, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. They do not ask your name and cannot trace your call.”
(Source: news.met.police.uk) (Image Credit: Dazed)