Police say extra counter-terrorism measures are being made ahead of the Notting Hill Carnival following deadly attacks at Westminster Bridge, Manchester and London Bridge.
Commander David Musker said counter-terrorism experts were assisting with the planning of this year’s two-day event in light of the two attacks in London and those in Nice and Berlin, which all saw vehicles drive at speed at crowds of people.
He was speaking at a pre-Carnival meeting arranged by organisers, London Notting Hill Carnival Enterprise Trust (LNHCET), held at Kensington Town Hall on Monday (June 12) evening.
The meeting was held before the huge blaze at Grenfell Tower, which overlooks the parade route.
It also emerged that a report, commissioned by key stakeholders, which is due to be published this month or next, suggests smaller and fewer vehicles involved in the event, and an earlier finish.
Other issues raised during the meeting included better cooperation between organisers and communities, marshaling and policing, and crime and violence.
LNHCET said at the meeting it had employed outside help to assist with the planning and running of this year’s festival.
London Street Event will offer logistical support for this year’s event and help deliver the Carnival.
Its involvement comes after a report earlier in the year said the Carnival would be safer and more enjoyable if an external company helped to manage the event.
Addressing the recent terror attacks, Comm Musker said hostile attack mitigation prevention, such as large concrete barriers, were used last year for the first time, and that these plans would be revisited again in 2017.
He said: “There will be additional level of protective security put in place and measures which I can’t talk about.
“We will put in a robust package of security measures.
“We will throw what ever we need to to make sure Carnival continues.
“There will be a mixture of measures that will reduce the threat as we see it.”
However, there was caution too, as he said he could never guarantee there would not be a terror attack, and said circumstances could change between now and the Carnival, which takes place on August 27 to August 28.
He said: “We have three attacks in three months. Between now and August we could be in a different place.”
Among those at the meeting was new Kensington MP Emma Dent Coad.
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