The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has this morning, Sunday 26 August, imposed a Section 60 Order across the Notting Hill Carnival geographical area; the order will be in place for 15 hours, between 9am until midnight today on Sunday
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.
“The MPS has worked tirelessly to develop an appropriate and proportionate policing plan; however, given the intelligence picture and incidents of violence I have seen across the city over the last week, I have made the decision to authorise this order as an additional preventative measure.
“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.
“London remains a safe city where the vast majority of people can go about their daily lives unaffected by violence; however we are committed to bearing down on those who commit such acts and will do everything that is lawfully audacious to keep Londoners safe.
“I have not made this decision lightly, but with the safety and security of all those planning to attend this event in the forefront of my mind. I will personally keep this order under constant review, and when I believe this no longer forms part of a proportionate policing plan, it will cease.”