Police call for the Notting Hill Carnival to be banned after 31 officers are attacked during the two-day event
Police were slashed with broken bottles, spat at, bitten and had acid thrown at them
In one of the worst confrontations, three PCs had bloody spit sprayed in their faces
Front-line police said ‘enough is enough’ and called for organizers to help safeguard them
Four people were stabbed, more than 300 arrested and dozens of weapons seized
By CHRIS GREENWOOD FOR THE DAILY MAIL
30 August 2017
The Notting Hill Carnival was branded a disgrace last night after it was revealed that 31 police officers were attacked during the two-day event.
They were slashed with broken bottles, spat at, bitten and had acid thrown at them.
In one of the worst confrontations, three PCs had bloody spit sprayed in their faces by a man claiming to be HIV positive.
Front-line police said ‘enough is enough’ and called for organizers to help safeguard those who dedicate their lives to protecting others. [If the police cannot protect themselves what chance have ordinary members of the public?]
Four people were stabbed, more than 300 arrested and dozens of weapons seized during Europe’s biggest street carnival. Although there were fewer arrests than last year’s record 454, a three-week crackdown had seen hundreds banned from attending.
Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation representing the capital’s 32,000 rank-and-file officers, said at least 31 officers were attacked.
‘We cannot carry on like this. It is a disgrace,’ he said. ‘My brave colleagues were attacked for just doing their job [and for being white, no doubt].
‘This is not acceptable. What other event would be allowed to carry on regardless, with so many police colleagues under attack?’
There is a growing lobby calling for the carnival to be moved to Hyde Park and made ticket-only to deter opportunist criminals. Changes were first proposed in 2000 when two men were murdered. In 2008 there was a riot.
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