The Metropolitan police had asked the council to shut down the famous August Bank Holiday festival after the huge crime rate and the stabbings.
In documents provided to the council, superintendent Stuart Ryan wrote: “If the carnival is permitted to remain open and operating in its current form, then there is a strong possibility that further knife crime and petty thuggery will occur.”
In the early hours of Wednesday morning, Scotland Yard confirmed that the decision had been taken to close the Notting Hill Carnival, adding that police had “felt the need to act due to concerns about the safety of those attending the festival due to the supply of class-A drugs in the venue and the recent stabbings”.
A spokesperson added: “We support this decision made by the council’s licensing committee.
“London has a world renowned leisure economy and people should be able to enjoy it safely, without concerns of serious crime. The Met is committed to working in partnership with those responsible for this sector to ensure that this happens.”Ha ha ha! Just kidding.