It’s been three months since the Grenfell Tower fire. The charred building remains an imposing, ghostly structure in West London – a harrowing reminder of one of modern Britain’s most horrific tragedies.
You’d think it wouldn’t need to be said, but the fact police have done hints at the idea that it’s necessary.
Ahead of Notting Hill Carnival, a colourful, happy juxtaposition that will light up West London this weekend, the Met is asking the public not to take selfies in front of the building.
We’re not sure who would think it appropriate to do such a thing. But then you never know.
Indeed, some people think it’s totally reasonable to pose for fun snaps at old concentration camps.
Tributes to the victims of the atrocity are going to be fenced off to protect them during the carnival. Extra officers will be deployed to the area. They’ll be stationed to form a ‘ring of care’.
Posters have also been put up along the carnival route to remind people to be respectful.
Selfies are obviously off limits, and the police are also reminding people not take photos of the high-rise.
Apparently, some members of the public have taken photos of Grenfell Tower, and it’s distressed locals.
Chief Superintendent Robyn Williams, who has been liaising with survivors and residents in the West London community, said: “The community does not want people who are not resident or shouldn’t be there to be just casually passing through, and in particular taking photographs.
“We do not want people posing for selfies – and those aren’t my words, they are community words.
“We will be appealing to people’s humanity and a little discretion, and we obviously want people to keep moving through particular areas adjacent to Grenfell so that it does not become a circus. That’s the last thing anyone would want.”
Fencing will also erected along Bramley Road to protect the hundreds of messages, notes, flowers, candles, artwork and ribbons put there in homage to the victims and survivors of the fire.
Ch Sup Williams added that the memorial area will be generally closed to the public, though there will be a dedicated area for people to leave tributes without disrupting the carnival’s flow.
Volunteers involved with liaising with the authorities helping to put into practice the wishes of Grenfell residents said that those living within the cordon are being issued with security passes to get in and out of their homes.
Notting Hill Carnival, one of London’s biggest festivals, begins on Sunday. At 3pm on Monday, a minute’s silence will be observed in remembrance of Grenfell Tower.David Musker, the commander in charge of policing the West London event, said: “We have negotiated to support our colleagues and also the residents to have a respectful remembrance of what has happened.
“So there will be police officers deployed, a traffic exclusion zone, there are barriers so that we can allow people within the area to have the respect that you would wish after such a major tragedy.
“We will support those to make sure that my officers and the carnivalists are able to pay their respects given the loss of life.”