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Notting Hill Carnival police 'prepared for terror and acid attacks'

Security plans have been "thoroughly reviewed" following the Barcelona attacks which left 15 dead

Special measures are being taken to protect Notting Hill Carnival from the threat of terrorism and acid attacks, Scotland Yard has said.

Steel barriers and a ban on vehicles during the daytime will be in place over the bank holiday weekend to stop a terror attack.

David Musker, the commander in charge of policing the west London event, said there was no specific counter-terrorism intelligence but security plans had been “thoroughly reviewed” after the Barcelona attack, in which 15 people died after being hit by a van.

Officers will be stationed around the perimeter of the carnival zone, carrying out checks for weapons and acid, following a controversial three-week crackdown to reduce criminality at the event.

There will also be a protective ring of officers around Grenfell Tower and the Lancaster West estate to protect the space from carnival-goers and ensure a “respectful” two days.

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