The Metropolitan Police have been accused of releasing misleading figures on how many officers were injured during this year’s Notting Hill Carnival.
Earlier statements had claimed 74 officers were injured over the course of the two-day event.
However, new figures suggest that the number of injuries sustained was actually much lower.
Lawyer and activist Gemma Abbott compiled data after filing a Freedom of Information (FOI) request with the Metropolitan Police.
In response, she was told that there had been “double counting” and that, in fact, a total of 60 different injuries had been recorded in the Met’s database.
According to the data, officers were injured for a variety of reasons — not just through interactions with participants.
Three incidents were due to slips, trips or falls.
Another 13 were caused by lifting and handling, while another officer injured his back “as a result of carrying or wearing officers’ safety equipment.”
Ms. Abbot wrote on Twitter: “Remember when the Met Police Federation told us that 74 police officers were injured at the Notting Hill carnival?
“I thought it might be worth asking the Met via FOI if that’s true and if so what injuries occurred. They replied today. Turns out the numbers weren’t quite right…”
They said five of the reported injuries were caused after officers were “hit by an object,” while another four were “hit at them.”
Two officers suffered injuries after being hit by moving vehicles, while another four were ruled “another type of accident” during the carnival.
One officer was included in the record after being “exposed to a substance” that caused a bruise on his hand.
Metro.co.uk contacted the Met for a reply on the data.
Commentary was provided by DAC Jane Connors, who oversaw the policing operation for the 2022 Notting Hill Carnival.
She said: “Notting Hill Carnival is a unique event for London, celebrating the capital’s rich cultural diversity and history. Due to the scale of the event and the large number of people it attracts, it is always very busy and a challenge for the police and we work with partners for months to plan and prepare for the event.
“Thousands of officers from across the Met were deployed over the bank holiday weekend and for the most part experienced a good-natured event and people who were there to celebrate and have fun.
“It is extremely disappointing and totally unacceptable that during the celebrations officers on duty were injured and assaulted and had to deal with a series of violent incidents including the senseless murder of a young man.
“We will continue to work closely with the organizers to ensure the event is as safe as possible.”
At the time of the carnival, the Met Police Federation had taken to Twitter to express anger at attacks on staff.
The force tweeted: “These are the sons and daughters of men. These are the mothers and fathers of the children. That happens every year. It’s a complete shame.’
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