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Luton Carnival: three men guilty of violent disorder

Fights broke out in St George's Square after the carnival had finished last May

Three men have been convicted of causing violence and disorder at the Luton Carnival last year.

Fights broke out in St George's Square on Sunday 29 May, after the carnival had finished.

Four people were taken to hospital with stab wounds and several others were injured.

Nathan Kiasala, 20, and Jason Kiasala, 18, both from Luton, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm, possession of an offensive weapon, and violent disorder.

Daniel Idiabeta, 19, and also from Luton, was found guilty of violent disorder and possession of an offensive weapon.

They're due to be sentenced on 24 September.

This has been a complex investigation into what was completely unacceptable behaviour.

I hope this sends a stark reminder to others that we will not tolerate those who wish to bring harm to our communities, they will be caught and made to pay for their actions.

– Detective Inspector Iain Morgan

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Ghana Society win Luton parade award

The Ghana Society - winners of the Luton International Parade

The organisers of the Luton Carnival have announced that the Ghana Society is the overall winner of the Luton International Parade 2013.

Each year parade participants are judged on the quality of their costumes and performances.

Organisers say they would like to thank all the groups which took part in the parade for their dedication.

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Final preparations ahead of Luton Carnival

School children rehearsing ahead of carnival Credit: ITV News Anglia

With less than 24 hours to go until Luton Carnival, final preparations are underway.

Around 150,000 people are expected to join the festival, which is Europe's largest carnival.

The parade itself kicks off at 1.30pm on Sunday.

Children from Farley Junior School rehearsing Credit: ITV News Anglia
Final preparations ahead of the carnival Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police reveal Luton Carnival plans

Carnival-goers Credit: ITV News Anglia

Bedfordshire Police say they will have around 140 officers on patrol at this year's Luton Carnival on Sunday. Last year it was moved to July to coincide with the Queen's Jubilee and the Olympic Torch relay, this year it takes place on Sunday 26 May.