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Mayor praises hard work and co-operation for successful Carnival
The Mayor said:
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens briefed the Mayor at New Scotland Yard on Monday. The Mayor praised the policing operation:
'The police have built up an incredible body of expertise through experience. No other police force in the world has such a skilful operation as this. Around 450,000 people attended Children's Sunday and 850,000 turned out on Carnival Monday, and the police did an excellent job dealing with a small number of troublemakers, whilst enabling people to enjoy themselves.'
Lee Jasper, Senior Policy Advisor to the Mayor, and Mayor's Policy Advisor Claudia Webbe attended Carnival on behalf of the Mayor. Lee Jasper, who chairs the Mayor's Carnival Review Group, also praised the cooperation of the agencies involved in the festival and said they would now be looking towards next year. Lee Jasper said:
'Notting Hill Carnival is a showcase of Caribbean culture, but it is also a showcase for London. It is a complex event involving the strategic and practical support of many organisations and this year's success highlights the benefits of inter-agency co-operation.
'The Carnival review process has already started to bear fruit in terms of addressing safety and protecting its arts and cultural heritage. The success of this weekend's Carnival is an excellent foundation from which to begin planning for next year and in particular to start thinking about how Carnival can establish a more secure financial footing. The Mayor's economic agency, the London Development Agency, is undertaking research into the economic benefits of Carnival, which it is hoped will contribute to that process.'
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