Notting Hill Carnival: Police feared another Hillsborough disaster in Ladbroke Grove crush


Notting Hill Carnival revellers have told of their terror caught in a huge crush that left ‘helpless’ police trapped alongside them activating their panic buttons – and leaving colleagues fearing ‘another Hillsborough’.

Videos shared across social media from Monday, August 29 show an enormous crowd amassing on Ladbroke Grove that was swelling to dangerous levels.

At the scene, police officers were caught up in the chaos and left helpless, while desperate revellers were seen clambering over the railings to escape the impending crush.

The situation had reached such a critical point that the Territorial Support Group called in an emergency and warned they were ‘getting crushed to death’, the Times reports. 

One reveller posted on social media: ‘I was right in the middle, thought I was gonna die. Can’t lie, just had to go with the flow of the crowd.’ Another wrote: ‘Almost died in this’. And a third added: ‘The police waited till it got that bad as we warned them to cut if off from one of the floats as the DJ stopped the music and asked for help and was ignored. To the point the public were screaming at the police to call for back-up. We were ignored.’ 

Chris Hobbs, a retired Metropolitan police officer, said his first reaction after witnessing the crush was to think of Hillsborough.

‘I saw police among it helpless. That’s the bigger problem than the violence – the potential for another Hillsborough’, he added.

The concerns come amid mass criticism of the festival after a chaotic weekend that saw more than 200 people arrested, 74 police officers injured and a 21-year-old man killed.

Police officers caught in a crush at Notting Hill Carnival revealed they felt helpless as a retired cop warned the scenes of overcrowding were reminiscent of the 1989 Hillsborough tragedy

Police officers caught in a crush at Notting Hill Carnival revealed they felt helpless as a retired cop warned the scenes of overcrowding were reminiscent of the 1989 Hillsborough tragedy

At the scene, police officers were caught up and left helpless (left) while desperate revellers were seen clambering over the railings to escape the impending crush

At the scene, police officers were caught up and left helpless (left) while desperate revellers were seen clambering over the railings to escape the impending crush

Refuse workers are pictured collecting bags of rubbish from the filth-strewn streets of west London following Notting Hill Carnival

Refuse workers are pictured collecting bags of rubbish from the filth-strewn streets of west London following Notting Hill Carnival

Forensics officers comb the scene in Ladbroke Grove, west London, where 21-year-old Takayo Nembhard, a rapper from Bristol, died after being stabbed

Forensics officers comb the scene in Ladbroke Grove, west London, where 21-year-old Takayo Nembhard, a rapper from Bristol, died after being stabbed

Police officers looking at revellers during the Notting Hill Carnival in London, which returned to the streets for the first time in two years last weekend

Police officers looking at revellers during the Notting Hill Carnival in London, which returned to the streets for the first time in two years last weekend

Amid the chaos of Monday’s crush, performers and DJ were tasked with calming the crowd as the ensemble continued to grow out of control.

One person took to Facebook to claim the police in attendance ignored the public’s cries for help. 

Up to two million people attended the carnival over Sunday and Monday, and they also had to contend with a 48-hour bus strike in the capital. 

The Metropolitan police are understood to have called up 6,000 officers for Saturday’s events and 7,000 for Monday – the date of the crush.

But the carnival was also once again marred by violence, with 21-year-old rapper Takayo Nembhard murdered on Ladbroke Grove on Monday evening.

He was one of seven stabbing victims at the festival, while 74 Metropolitan Police officers suffered injuries including broken arms, legs and minor knife wounds.

Six deaths caused by violence at Notting Hill Carnival in 35 years 

August 30, 1987 – Michael Augustine Galvin, 23

August 26, 1991 – Nicholas John Hanscomb, 38

August 28, 2000 – Greg Fitzgerald Watson, 21

August 28, 2000 – Abdul Munam Bhatti, 28

August 30, 2004 – Lee Christopher Surbaran, 27

August 29, 2022 –Takayo Nembhard, 21

Two women police officers were sexually assaulted – with one of them grabbed around the neck and kissed and a second surrounded by a group of men.

Other officers admit they ‘dread’ working the three-day carnival when they’re expected to be on high alert throughout with radio alerts going off ‘constantly’. 

Police said 209 arrests had been made at the carnival, including 46 for assault, 36 for possession of drugs and 33 for possession of an offensive weapon.

Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said an officer had been ‘sexually assaulted by numerous males’ and called for the event to be scrapped.

He told LBC: ‘The tragedy to this is 98 per cent of people who go there are law-abiding and want to enjoy themselves, but there is an element, and I am fed up of no one talking about it, of people who go for one reason – to cause harm to others.

‘That is not stopping, has never stopped and we need to say enough is enough. We cannot have a situation where every year, the bank holiday weekend I discuss why there are so many of my colleagues seriously injured or assaulted.’

Roy Ramm, former Metropolitan Police commander of specialist operations, echoed his thoughts and said moving the event to a private venue would make policing easier while also generating revenue for the local community.

He said that senior police figures are reluctant to criticise the Caribbean celebration, which has been taking place on the streets of west London since the 1960s, because of a ‘nervousness’ of being deemed racist.

But Mr Ramm admitted that, even if the carnival was moved, ‘there are people who still want to be violent, to sell drugs and to mark their turf’.

He told MailOnline: ‘From a policing perspective, that [moving the carnival] is a much better situation. But it will be rejected by the community because of the view that carnivals should be held in the street.’

Notting Hill Carnival performers take part in the main parade through the streets of West London on Monday afternoon

Notting Hill Carnival performers take part in the main parade through the streets of West London on Monday afternoon

Former top cop Roy Ramm (pictured in 2017) said Notting Hill Carnival is 'safe for most people' but noted 'there is a time, always on the last day it seems, that it degenerates'

Former top cop Roy Ramm (pictured in 2017) said Notting Hill Carnival is ‘safe for most people’ but noted ‘there is a time, always on the last day it seems, that it degenerates’

Notting Hill Carnival performers take part in the main parade through the streets of West London on Monday

Notting Hill Carnival performers take part in the main parade through the streets of West London on Monday

A spokesperson for London Mayor Sadiq Khan said that ‘it is only right’ that the carnival remains in Notting Hill.

A statement said: ‘The Mayor’s thoughts are with the family and friends of those impacted by the violence at the weekend and he is absolutely appalled by the reports of female officers being sexually assaulted whilst on duty. 

‘He is clear the perpetrators must be brought to justice swiftly. There is absolutely no place for crime at Notting Hill Carnival and we will continue to work closely with the organisers and the police to prevent it.

‘The Notting Hill Carnival is one of the world’s biggest street festivals and has become a firm London tradition over many decades. 

‘It was born out of the African-Caribbean immigrant community in North Kensington and Notting Hill in the 1960s, and it’s only right that this remains its home.’

The last event, which was held in 2019 before the Covid pandemic struck, saw 463 crime allegations, according to Met Police records. The majority of offences were drug related.

Tory MP Victoria Atkins said action needs to be taken to remove the ‘dark underside’ of the carnival.

She told LBC: ‘I think the carnival is a wonderful celebration. I have enjoyed it myself in years gone by and it is a enormous shame for the overwhelming majority of people who go to carnival to dance, to sing, to eat delicious food and have a great time with their friends and family.

‘But there does seem to be this dark underside of the carnival where people go along and they are violent, they hurt other people.

‘There has sadly been a murder, so I do think we have got to try to do something to get rid of this dark underside of the carnival so that the happy celebration that we all enjoy watching can continue in Notting Hill.

‘I wouldn’t want to stop carnival. I don’t think we could if anyone tried to, frankly. Carnival will happen whatever.’

EXCLUSIVE: Moment disgusted grandmother, 69, caught dozens of Notting Hill Carnival revellers URINATING by her front door

By Vivek Chaudhary for MailOnline 

This is the moment a disgusted grandmother captured dozens of revellers at the Notting Hill Carnival urinating in the small courtyard by her front door.

Susan Watts was left fuming when she recorded at least 30 partygoers walk down her front steps leading to her housing association property in Notting Hill, west London, and urinate in her garden on her Ring Video Doorbell app.

The 69-year-old said the area was awash with pools of urine and stank ‘like a filthy toilet’ following the two-day event which attracted almost 2 million revellers.

The pensioner, who is partially sighted and suffers from several ailments, was so incensed that she sent a video compilation to her local authority, Westminster City Council, and housing association showing around 30 people urinating in her courtyard during the two-day carnival earlier this week.

Ms Watts cried: ‘There were actually even more than 30 people who used my courtyard as a toilet but if I had put them all in the video it would have been too long.

‘The way it was left is unhygienic, unsanitary and disgusting. I can’t even stand at the front of my house because of the stench of urine. It’s like being in a filthy toilet.’

After sending the video, Ms Watts asked her local authority and housing association to jet wash her courtyard only to be told that it would cost her £75 because it is considered a private area.

A disgusted grandmother captured dozens of revellers at the Notting Hill Carnival urinating in the small courtyard by her front door

A disgusted grandmother captured dozens of revellers at the Notting Hill Carnival urinating in the small courtyard by her front door

She moaned: ‘In the past, I’ve hired my own jet wash because this is not the first time this has happened but this year I can’t do it. I can’t believe that the council are making me pay to clean up a mess caused by people attending an event that they allow to take place.

‘I recently had an operation on my eye and have to keep away from toxic liquids otherwise I could be completely blind. I object to being asked for money to jet wash my courtyard after the council’s party goers used it as a toilet. These people should be ashamed of themselves.’

In the videos, people can clearly be seen walking down the steps to Ms Watts’ courtyard, often with cans of alcohol in their hands and finding a corner to urinate in.

Ms Watts has been living in her flat, which is located on the main carnival route, since 2008. Each time the event takes place she goes to stay with her family in Wales insisting that she is unable to tolerate the noise and crowds using her courtyard as a toilet.

Susan Watts was left fuming when she recorded at least 30 partygoers walk down her front steps leading to her housing association property in Notting Hill, west London, and urinate in her garden on her Ring Video Doorbell app

Susan Watts was left fuming when she recorded at least 30 partygoers walk down her front steps leading to her housing association property in Notting Hill, west London, and urinate in her garden on her Ring Video Doorbell app

The 69-year-old said the area was awash with pools of urine and stank 'like a filthy toilet' following the two-day event which attracted almost 2 million revellers

The 69-year-old said the area was awash with pools of urine and stank ‘like a filthy toilet’ following the two-day event which attracted almost 2 million revellers

She said: ‘I leave Notting Hill because of the nuisance caused by the carnival. I’m not rich enough to completely board the entrance to my property and each time I return, the courtyard always stinks because it’s been used as a toilet. This year I even found a used tampon.’

Ms Watts revealed that after previous complaints to the local authority fell on deaf ears, this year, her granddaughter installed a Video Doorbell to back her up her claims.

She said: ‘I’ve complained in the past but nobody listens so we decided to film what happens in my courtyard as evidence that something needs to be done.

‘I was in Wales while the carnival was going on and my family and I couldn’t believe the images we were seeing. It’s filthy behaviour and it’s not fair that the poor residents of Notting Hill are expected to pay towards the cleaning up.’

She added: ‘When I returned earlier this week, I was met by the usual stink of urine in my courtyard but at least I’ve now got images to prove what happened.

‘I’m hoping that next year, the Council will board up the entrance to my property so that it won’t be used as a toilet.’

Westminster City Council has been contacted for comment.

Footballer-turned drill rapper, 21, was stabbed to death at Notting Hill Carnival 

Footballer-turned drill rapper Takayo Nembhard has been named as the victim stabbed to death at Notting Hill carnival after travelling from Bristol to ‘simply to have a good time’ – as police hunt his killer.

Mr Nembhard, 21, was fatally stabbed on Ladbroke Grove under the Westway flyover at 8pm on Monday as thousands lined the streets for the west London carnival.

Police officers gave him first aid until the arrival of paramedics, before he was taken to an ambulance ‘through significant crowds in challenging circumstances’.

Mr Nembhard, who went by the stage name TKorStretch and has just under one million views across his music videos on YouTube, was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead last night. 

He was a former youth team player at Bristol Rovers, before turning to drill rapping when he had to retire from football due to an injury. His girlfriend is also currently pregnant, with a poignant tribute saying the ‘child will never meet his father’.

His death was confirmed in an Instagram post today, which said: ‘Two years ago a young 19-year-old man came from Bristol to meet me at my studio with his dad, his name was Takayo Nembhard AKA TKorStretch.

‘That meeting took us on a journey. We recorded some great music together. His talent was endless and I can tell you guys he was close to greatness!

‘So it’s with a heavy heart that I bring the news that Takayo (TKorStretch) passed away last night. He came from Bristol to simply have a good time at the London carnival and this is the end result!

‘My deepest condolences to TK’s mother & father his brother, two sisters, girlfriend and child that will never meet his father! TK was a good kid, a good guy and what has happened breaks my heart. Rest in peace my friend.’

Mr Nembhard’s manager Chris Patrick said in a statement: ‘He went to Carnival with his younger sister and friends to have a good time. This is the worst possible ending for a talented kid.’

Part of TKorStretch’s persona while performing was wearing masks.

In an interview with Wordplay Magazine last July, he explained why: ‘I don’t want my face to be the face everyone knows. I don’t want to go to Tesco and have people know that it’s me who makes the music. 

‘I don’t care about fame, I just want to make music and have people enjoy it. I don’t mind talking to people, don’t get me wrong, but if I’m with my mum or sisters or something I just want to be able to chill out.’

He told how he began making music as a teenager after suffering a leg injury while playing for Bristol Rovers’ under-17 team.

He said: ‘I was in the academy from the age of 6 to 16 but had an injury, I had a clot in my right leg, so I knew I wasn’t going to play for a while. 

‘Because of that I wanted to find something to keep me focused so I didn’t go insane. I liked singing so I was going to little studios here and there and then started taking it more seriously.’



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