Youngsters at risk of being caught up in Notting Hill Carnival crime sent on water sports holiday over bank holiday weekend

Youngsters at risk of being caught up in crime and disorder at Notting Hill Carnival are being removed from the area and taken on a £20,000 water sports holiday.

Fifteen young people aged between 13 and 17 were selected for the trip, which Kensington and Chelsea Council say is an effective way of preventing them from harm.

It comes after the Met made more than 300 arrests in a crackdown on drug-related crime aimed at reducing the risk of trouble at the west London event.

The Alternative to Carnival Engagement (ACE) scheme, which is organised by the council’s former youth service Epic CIC, was set up five years ago.

It was not immediately clear where the youths will be taken for the trip, but the local authority said some will be taken out of the country by family and others on a “residential trip.”

Police watch over the crowds at the Notting Hill Carnival (AFP/Getty Images)

A council spokesman said £20,000 was being allocated to cover the cost of the project, which is voluntary for those selected, from its Police and Crime funding from the London Mayor. 

He added: “In the months leading up to Carnival, the young people are supported with one-to-one mentoring, independent living skills, healthy eating, as well as knife and gang awareness sessions.”

On the trip, the young people will be offered activities including water sports and kayaking, the spokesman for the local authority added.

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Referrals to the scheme were made from youth clubs, social services, young offending teams, police and schools. The Metropolitan Police has been approached for comment.

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Commenting on the project, Emma Dent Coad, Labour MP for Kensington, said: “a lot of our young people have been failed by our society and we must do anything we can to try to keep them on the straight and narrow.

“This scheme may not work for everybody but it may work for some.”

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