London is gearing up for the annual Notting Hill Carnival this weekend, with authorities wanting to avoid any repeat of the recent riots in the capital and other English cities.
Over two million people are expected and up to 6,500 police officers will be on duty.
“It is one of the great international events,” said London’s Mayor Boris Johnson. “It is becoming something that attracts people to London. It is right it should go ahead. The city has not been beaten by what happened two weeks ago. We are going to show that we can get on and hold a fantastic party. Of course it is going to be robustly policed and that is the crucial thing.”
Police are adopting a pro-active stance. Some raids have already taken place on the homes of people suspected of trying to organise trouble during carnival weekend.
As well as those officers on duty, a further 4,000 will be on stand-by across the city to deal with any serious trouble. Nevertheless, some business owners are taking no chances and have already started boarding up their premises.