Section 60 in place for Monday’s Carnival

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The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has this morning, Monday 27 August, imposed a Section 60 Order across the Notting Hill Carnival geographical area for a further 15 hours, between 09:00hrs until 23:59hrs. This follows an order imposed on the area, yesterday, Sunday 26 August.

The order gives police the power to search people within the Carnival area, when they believe there is the possibility of serious violence; or that a person is carrying a dangerous object or offensive weapon; or that an incident involving serious violence has taken place and a dangerous instrument or offensive weapon used in the incident is being carried in the locality.

Notting Hill Carnival Gold Commander Dave Musker, said: “As the Gold Commander responsible for the policing of this event, my job is to ensure everyone participating and attending can enjoy a safe and spectacular event.

“On Sunday, my officers along with colleagues from the British Transport Police arrested 133 individuals for a range of offences and 20 weapons were seized, including knives. I am confident that the Section 60 order imposed yesterday prevented these dangerous items being brought to Carnival, and based on the intelligence at my disposal, I consider it proportionate and necessary to ensure a safe Carnival today.

“The use of this authority will reassure our communities that we are constantly working to protect them. It will also send a message to those intent on committing acts of violence that we will robustly target them.

“Section 60s have been used tactically to prevent violence across London over the past few weeks and I can assure you they are not used without detailed analysis of intelligence.

“This decision has been made with the safety of all those planning to attend this event in the forefront of my mind. The order is kept under constant review, and when I believe this no longer forms part of a proportionate policing plan, it will cease.”

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