Police are enforcing ‘safety cameras’ at this weekend’s Notting Hill Carnival to avoid crowd crushes.
According to reports from the Evening Standard, the Met Police are installing crowd safety cameras as officers want carnival-goers to have a “brilliant weekend”.
Notting Hill Carnival returns this year celebrating 50 years of the carnival as well as the 75th anniversary of Windrush.
It’s expected to see up to a million people gather in West London across the Bank Holiday Weekend therefore, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Alison Heydari has called for the use of the cameras.
These cameras will be monitoring the crowds on a live basis to identify any crowd issues.
Asst. Commissioner Heydari told the Evening Standard: “I’m hugely excited to be working at Notting Hill Carnival again, it’s always such a brilliant weekend with so much to see and enjoy.
“I’m also looking forward to seeing our officers on duty, taking the time to speak to the people we serve while they work diligently to maintain safety at the event.
“I hope everyone who attends has a fantastic time. Stay safe, plan your routes to and from the area, look after each other and please remember we are there to help you. If you see something that doesn’t look right, do speak to an officer.”
Police and stewards are concentrating on three ‘hotspots’ where problems with overcrowding have arisen in the past. A total of 12,500 officer shifts will be used to police the carnival.
Stewards will also be available concentrating on three ‘hotspots’ where there has been overcrowding in the past.
[Via: Evening Standard]
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Written by: Tim Hopkins