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Notting Hill carnival goers cover a reporter in paint

Unprecedented levels of security at have failed to cloud the atmosphere at Notting Hill Carnival — as one Sky News reporter found out all too well.

Journalist Joe Tidy was playfully ambushed when reporting from the London festival at around 8am this morning. 

He described festival-goers’ moods as ‘fantastic’ before spotting revellers carrying paint. 

He joked: ‘Hold up, I’ve been waiting for this!’ before he was slathered in colourful paint.’

Journalist Joe Tidy was playfully ambushed when reporting from the London festival at around 8am this morning

He described festival-goers' moods as 'fantastic' before spotting revellers carrying paint

He described festival-goers’ moods as ‘fantastic’ before spotting revellers carrying paint

He joked: 'Hold up, I've been waiting for this!' before he was slathered in colourful paint'

He joked: ‘Hold up, I’ve been waiting for this!’ before he was slathered in colourful paint’

The heightened security and a hugely increased police presence failed to dampen the spirits of the annual festival 

The heightened security and a hugely increased police presence failed to dampen the spirits of the annual festival 

It comes amid an intense security operation in place as the carnival gets under way.

The two-day west London festival, taking place in the shadow of the burnt-out Grenfell Tower, will see thousands of police officers on the streets.

Steel barriers, concrete blocks and weapons checks are some of the measures being used to help protect the world-famous carnival from the threat of a Barcelona-style terror incident as well as acid attacks.

Officers will be stationed around the perimeter of the carnival zone, carrying out checks for weapons and corrosive substances, following a controversial three-week crackdown to reduce criminality at the event

Officers will be stationed around the perimeter of the carnival zone, carrying out checks for weapons and corrosive substances, following a controversial three-week crackdown to reduce criminality at the event

Police said there is no specific counter-terrorism intelligence but security plans had been ‘thoroughly reviewed’ following the attack in the Spanish city earlier this month, in which 15 people died after being hit by a van.

Officers will be stationed around the perimeter of the carnival zone, carrying out checks for weapons and corrosive substances, following a controversial three-week crackdown to reduce criminality at the event.

They also plan to use facial recognition technology, which will help the force spot those thought to be likely to cause trouble.

Costumed festivalgoers prepare for Notting Hill Carnival. The festival is expected to draw more than one million visitors this year

Costumed festivalgoers prepare for Notting Hill Carnival. The festival is expected to draw more than one million visitors this year

The colourful  west London festival, taking place in the shadow of the burnt-out Grenfell Tower, will see thousands of police officers on the streets

The colourful west London festival, taking place in the shadow of the burnt-out Grenfell Tower, will see thousands of police officers on the streets

Participants throw flour and cover each other in jouvay chocolate and coloured paint in the traditional Caribbean tradition known as Jouvert to kick off the Notting Hill carnival celebration

Participants throw flour and cover each other in jouvay chocolate and coloured paint in the traditional Caribbean tradition known as Jouvert to kick off the Notting Hill carnival celebration

Overall policing numbers will stay the same as last year, with around six to seven thousand officers on duty each day.

Hundreds of hand-drawn tributes, flowers and candles laid in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire will be protected by fencing, while a ‘ring of care’ will be formed around the tower by police officers to protect the Lancaster West estate from the hundreds of thousands of passing carnival-goers.

Local MP Emma Dent Coad, who has said the carnival is needed this year more than ever, will give a speech on Sunday morning as the celebration opens with a multi-faith prayer and release of doves in remembrance of the dead.

Left, a police officer dons protective eye gears while enjoying the carnival atmosphere and right, a festival-goer pulls along a miniature car 

A reveller dressed as some form of terrifying, neon yeti during the carnival festivities that were already underway this morning before 8am 

A reveller dressed as some form of terrifying, neon yeti during the carnival festivities that were already underway this morning before 8am 

Four festival-goers dressed as Skelator from Heman pose ahead of the festival getting into full swing. Security fears will see unprecedented numbers of officers patrol the event 

Four festival-goers dressed as Skelator from Heman pose ahead of the festival getting into full swing. Security fears will see unprecedented numbers of officers patrol the event 

A man rides a coffin filled with what appears to be oil barrels as he is pulled along by another man

A man rides a coffin filled with what appears to be oil barrels as he is pulled along by another man

Performers passing the blackened high-rise have been encouraged to lower their music volume and walk respectfully in memory of those who died in the inferno.

At 3pm on both days hundreds of thousands of revellers along the route are expected to pause and observe a minute’s silence to mark the tragedy, in which at least 80 people died.

Organisers are encouraging attendees to wear or accessorise in ‘green for Grenfell’ in a display of ‘reverence and respect amidst the revelry’. 

The shell of Grenfell Tower looms over the Notting Hill area where a woman is pictured painting a Justice 4 Grenfell banner to be used on one of the floats 

The shell of Grenfell Tower looms over the Notting Hill area where a woman is pictured painting a Justice 4 Grenfell banner to be used on one of the floats 

Police said a dedicated area would be put in place for people to leave tributes without obstructing the carnival flow

Police said a dedicated area would be put in place for people to leave tributes without obstructing the carnival flow

There will be a reflection zone near the tower and posters have been put up asking the public not to take photographs ‘at the site of our great loss’ – an activity which has distressed locals since the fire two months ago.

Police said a dedicated area would be put in place for people to leave tributes without obstructing the carnival flow.

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