Notting Hill Carnival organisers hold talks after riots

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Organisers of the Notting Hill Carnival are reassessing their plans in the wake of the riots, to ensure it goes ahead.

Carnival bosses said to in order to get approval from the authorities they must have systems in place to reduce the risk of trouble.

Ancil Barclay, London Notting Hill Carnival director, said these included an early start, and finish, and urging people to leave when it gets dark.

The west London street party is due to go ahead in two weeks.

Mr Barclay said organisers were looking at putting a number of measures in place to ensure the safety of those at the carnival.

Sounds systems

He said: "What we are looking at is how are we going to treat the potential risk of trouble.

"One of the things we discussed was an earlier start time which will automatically mean an earlier finish.

"We are looking at a 9am kick off... putting measures in place to ensure we can enforce that this year and I think it's an important step to ensure the safety of performers and spectators."

Unplanned event

He said they would be examining they type of music being played on the route, both on mobile and static sound systems, and improving communication among organisers and stewards.

Mr Barclay also said he could not give a cast-iron guarantee carnival would go ahead.

He said: "We do not have the final say, we have to demonstrate to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea that we have reassessed our plans and convince them we have put systems in place to deal with any unplanned event."

He also said they still needed to have talks with the Metropolitan Police before any announcements were made.

More than one million people attended the three-day street festival last year, which police described as a success.

Figures from the Metropolitan Police showed 230 people were arrested, but reported crime fell by 31% compared with 2009.

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