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Revellers soak up Notting Hill Carnival sunshine

Brightly-dressed performers helped the crowd celebrate Bank Holiday Monday. Photo: PA

Revellers at the Notting Hill Carnival enjoyed sunshine, music and a lot more security during this year's event. The biggest street Carnival in Europe was hailed as a roaring success by organisers and police. The weather was generally pleasant for the hundreds of thousand of revellers who descended to take part and soak in the atmosphere.

There were floats, dancing in the street and dazzling costumes, all watched by a total of 7,000 police.

Dazzling costumes at Notting Hill Carnival. Credit: PA

Yesterday's festivities stayed mainly peaceful, with police saying they had made 152 arrests, taking the total to just over 200 over the weekend. The majority of the arrests were drug charges, public order crimes and theft and assault.

Police also held a group of young men and women who were attempting to travel to Notting Hill by train. Around 36 people were arrested to "prevent a breach of the peace" at Kings Cross underground station to stop them from travelling to Notting Hill.

Seventeen people in the group are aged 18 or over and nineteen are aged under 18. The police said they were "held at an appropriate location" until they were satisfied that there is no longer a risk they will commit disorder at Carnival.

Policeman with performers during the Notting Hill Carnival, London. Credit: PA

All will be detained at an appropriate location where they will be held until police are satisfied that there is no longer a risk they will commit disorder at the carnival.

– Scotland Yard

Police officers were given stop and search powers within the location where Carnival takes place and advised visitors to use mobile phones only when necessary. Some carnival-goers said they felt there were more police present than was necessary.

Jade Walker, a stable worker who had come from Middlesbrough with her 13-year-old daughter Deena, said:

There's not a lot of need for it. This is my second time here and I've never felt threatened, but maybe that's just because I'm from Middlesbrough and it's rough there.

Mrs Walker's husband Gary, a managing director at a garage, agreed. He said:

It's just a fun, friendly, happy vibe. I don't feel uncomfortable with the amount of police, but there are certainly a lot of them here and I'm not sure they would be able to do much if there was trouble.

A policeman with paint on his face at the Notting Hill Carnival in west London. Credit: PA

On Sunday a 20-year-old man was in a critical but stable condition after being stabbed in the back and buttocks in Ladbroke Grove. Metropolitan Police also said a 14-year-old boy was slashed with a sharp object in Golborne Gardens.

And a 16-year-old girl was treated but discharged herself from hospital after getting what police called as minor leg injury in Wornington Road. Three men were also stabbed in a fracas in North Pole Road. Scotland Yard said two men were arrested and one was left in a serious condition. Forensic officers carried on inspecting the scene on Monday.

The Paraiso School of Samba take part in the Notting Hill Carnival, London. Credit: PA

Carnival-goers looked on as floats full of young dancers in feathers and jewellery danced to the sound of steel drums. They covered themselves in flags from Caribbean countries such as Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados as they tucked into jerk chicken and rice from street stalls.

Missy Joos, an occupational therapist from Chicago, America said she found the event "overwhelming".

I had heard about it and that it was the second largest carnival after Rio de Janeiro, and it is something I wanted to do. The music is wonderful and it is something that everybody should experience, it's a chance to get to know other cultures.

Entertainers at Europe's biggest street festival have been keeping the beat. Credit: PA

Those that took part in the float parade said that they were "proud" to have been part of Carnival. Brent Forbes said he was taking part for the 14th time.

The unemployed school worker from Croydon, south London, originally from Trinidad, said his black and purple costume was a nod to the recession.

This year our theme was the economy, we wanted to make it a sign of the times.

The theme was recession and greed. I haven't seen any violence and the police only get involved when there's trouble, they are never heavy-handed.

Scores drummed their way through the streets of west London. Credit: PA

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