Europe's biggest street festival will reach its climax today with hundreds of thousands of revellers flocking to the capital for the headline day of Notting Hill Carnival.
Brightly-dressed performers will celebrate Bank Holiday Monday by dancing through the streets of London as part of the Carribbean inspired celebration.
An extra 2,00 police officers will be drafted in to work at the event today, bringing he total to 7,000.
Police yesterday said they made 96 arrests in total, mostly for drug offences and criminal assault. The Metropolitan police said:
- 18 were arrested for drug offences
- 6 arrested for suspected robberies
- 5 arrested or criminal damage
- 7 arrested for assault
A Police spokesman said the most serious incident took place at around 5.15pm in Golbourne Gardens in Kensington, west London, when a 14-year-old boy was slashed with a sharp object.
Officers have been granted stop and search powers within the area where the carnival takes place, while the force has advised visitors to only use mobile phones when absolutely necessary.
Police are urging festival goers to leave their valuables at home and be aware of their surroundings at all times. Commander Christine Jones said:
Don't give them a head start by displaying them openly and only use them if it's absolutely necessary. Pick up one of our maps instead and pre arrange meeting points with family and friends.