Notting Hill: Attacks on police officers branded a disgrace

Notting Hill: Attacks on police officers branded a disgrace

Police work at the festival each year

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Police officers being attacked with bottles and blood at Notting Hill Carnival has been branded a disgrace by Metropolitan Police Federation chairman Ken Marsh.

During the event 28 police officers were injured, the Metropolitan Police announced this week according to Police Professional.

Marsh criticised the way these attacks were reported by the Metropolitan Police, as he said it makes it appear "matter of fact. As if this is the norm. As if this is acceptable.

“It is none of the above. It is a disgrace. Twenty-eight brave colleagues went to work this weekend and were attacked for just doing their job. This is not normal. This is not acceptable," he said.

The union boss also added that he thinks the real number of police officers injured at the festival was probably more than 28, BT reported.

He asked: "What other event would be allowed to carry on regardless with so many police colleagues under attack?”

Marsh explained that the police know that officers will be attacked at the carnival yet they are still sent to the event, but he thinks "something needs to be done. We can’t carry on like this."

He is now calling on the London Mayor’s Office as well as the Metropolitan Police to implement measures which mean police are not under attack.

By the time the festival ended at 10pm on Monday (August 28) police had made 313 arrests in relation to weapons and drugs. Officers also confiscated a hammer, batons, knives and CS spray.