Nick Hopkins, crime correspondent
Saturday June 1, 2002
Policing the Notting Hill carnival
cost a record £5.6m last year, more than twice the amount
spent on the anti-capitalist May Day demonstrations in London
four months earlier, it was revealed yesterday.
Yard commissioner, Sir John Stevens, gave the details in a
report to the finance, planning and best value committee of
the Metropolitan police authority.
over the rising cost of the carnival led the police to estimate
last year's event would cost £4m. The final bill was higher
because of the Met's determination to prevent the violence
and murders that marred the 2000 event.
force paid for 80 extra CCTV cameras and hand-held metal detectors,
to help officers identify people carrying guns and knives.
Crime was cut by a quarter.
to the report, 10,000 officers were deployed over the two
days, 1,500 more than the year before. A breakdown showed
that £2.5m was spent on normal policing and civil staff pay,
£2.1m on overtime, and £1.1m on other costs before, during
and after the carnival.
comparison, policing the funeral of the Queen Mother involved
7,955 officers and 1,302 civil staff between March 31 and
April 9, the report said. An early estimate for the cost of
the event is £4.1m.
major occasions were far less expensive.
cost of the Trooping the Colour celebrations last year was
£1.1m, and the state opening of parliament was £384,000. Policing
New Year's Eve cost the Met £3.1m.
Ollerenshaw, leader of the Conservatives on the London assembly,
called for "more rational" financing of the carnival.
was quite staggered by the amount, and also the amount of
police that had to be drafted in from other areas. I am not
against carnival but I want a more rational system of dealing