Search

Praise for Camden Police after 20,000 watch New Year’s Eve fireworks on Primrose Hill

PUBLISHED: 12:21 04 January 2016 | UPDATED: 12:27 04 January 2016

Horse racing pundit John McCririck tweeted this photograph of a clean Primrose Hill on New Year's Day

Horse racing pundit John McCririck tweeted this photograph of a clean Primrose Hill on New Year's Day

Archant

Residents have praised police and park chiefs after 20,000 people climbed Primrose Hill to watch New Year’s Eve fireworks.

The muddy aftermath of New Year's Eve celebrations on Primrose Hill. Picture: Jason PittockThe muddy aftermath of New Year's Eve celebrations on Primrose Hill. Picture: Jason Pittock

An increased police presence, more litter bins and extra toilets led to a significant drop in anti-social behaviour compared to last year, with the park cleaned up within three hours on New Year’s Day.

One year ago, residents awoke to find glass and even human faeces among debris strewn across the village after tens of thousands of people flocked to the park to watch the ticketed main firework display in central London for free.

But this year, horse racing pundit and Primrose Hill resident John McCririck took to Twitter to praise Camden Police.

He wrote: “Congrats after 3hrs clean #primrosehill Less broken glass thanks @MPSCamandPrim for your presence.”

Community campaigner Phil Cowan, of Albert Terrace, thanked Camden Police, the Royal Parks and ward councillors for improved measures this year, saying: “What a relief and a pleasure it was to see the celebrations on New Year’s Eve at Primrose Hill take place in a well managed, friendly and most importantly safe environment.

“In stark contrast to the previous year, the authorities took sensible and noticeable steps to ensure the event could be enjoyed by residents, businesses and visitors alike.”

Comedy writer Karen Ross added on Twitter: “‏Excellent clean up job in Primrose Hill today. Thank you! So pleased everyone enjoyed and no damage.”

It was a busy night for Camden and Primrose Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team officer Pc Andrew Harris, who was on patrol in Primrose Hill on New Year’s Eve.

The officer had to remove several people from the park after they let off fireworks on the hill but otherwise, there were few reports of anti-social behaviour.

He said: “There was a very friendly and sociable atmosphere, with everyone talking to each other and enjoying the moment.

“There was no hostility and no youth violence groups, just one big happy celebration for New Year’s.”

Mr McCririck would now like to see the hill re-turfed after the celebrations caused the park to turn into a “sea of mud”.

He told the Ham&High: “Need to get the grass surface sorted now - a sea of mud.”

Related articles

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Yesterday, 16:23

Up to 100 children looted cheap sweets from a supermarket off Stroud Green Road and threw missiles at cars in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Yesterday, 14:31

A third-floor room was badly damaged in a fire in Golders Green on Saturday night.

Friday, October 12, 2018

A “cowardly career criminal” who held vulnerable women at knifepoint during a six-week spree robbing shops has been jailed.

Friday, October 12, 2018

“It stank. It smelt like the goat pen at London Zoo.”

Friday, October 12, 2018

A Hampstead school has scrapped a pilot project that saw commercial helicopters landing on its playing fields after neighbours complained it was causing “quite a riot”.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Hampstead’s well-known ceramics workshop, Well Walk Pottery, has been made an Asset of Community Value (ACV), boosting hopes it will stay as a workshop despite its rumoured sale.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Pulses have been racing at a pilates class in Highgate Newtown Community Centre (HNCC) for some time.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Hampstead Business Improvement District (BID) rebel Jimmy McGrath – who continues to defy requests to pay the BID levy – saw his day court appearance adjourned for a month yesterday at Highbury Corner magistrates’ court.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now