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Notting Hill Carnival revellers take to the streets

The weather may not be great but that it has not deterred revellers in London's Notting Hill enjoying Europe's biggest street party.

An estimated one million people expected to attend the two-day event over the Bank Holiday.

A young girl on a carnival float tricycle during the Notting Hill Carnival. Credit: PA
Two policemen take their helmets off and let revellers try them on for size. Credit: PA Wire
Men in Black: Partygoers covered in black paint enjoy the carnival atmosphere Credit: PA
A dancer is a flamboyant costume takes part in the carnival parade Credit: PA


Thousands expected to attend Notting Hill Carnival

Rain did not dampen spirits at last year's carnival Credit: PA Wire

Notting Hill Carnival, Europe's biggest street party, is set to get underway today, with an estimated one million people expected to attend over the Bank Holiday.

Click here for a full guide to the Carnival and how to get around

Police officers assaulted at Notting Hill Carnival

Two police officers was hurt as violence overshadowed the second day of the Notting Hill Carnival.

Police reported a spate of violent incidents at the Carnival. Credit: Laura Lean/PA Wire

A male PC, 33, was taken to hospital after being attacked during the event in West London, having been alerted to suspected drug dealing.

He was found in Lancaster Road at the junction with St Luke's Road at around 3.15pm yesterday with injuries to the head and torso, which are not thought to be life-threatening.

Meanwhile colleagues came under attack when they came to help him, and a 35-year-old female officer suffered injuries to her torso. She was taken to hospital but released yesterday, Scotland Yard said.

A man has been arrested for affray.

Rain fails to dampen spirits at the Notting Hill Carnival

Grey skies and rain could not dampen the colour as the Notting Hill Carnival wound its way through the streets of west London.

Participants get ready for the start of the Notting Hill Carnival. Credit: PA
A float makes its way through the streets of Notting Hill. Credit: PA
Drummers march at the rain swept Notting Hill Carnival. Credit: PA


Thousands expected at Notting Hill carnival

Thousands of people are expected to attend the final day of this year's Notting Hill Carnival.

Participants in the Notting Hill Carnival yesterday. Credit: PA Wire

The "adult day" of the annual festival will see 60 bands perform with costumed performers parading on the streets.

Some 7,000 police officers will be on control to "facilitate a safe and vibrant carnival".

Revellers attending the carnival's family day yesterday praised the event's atmosphere, saying it was "brilliant fun".

Carnival crime 'significantly down'

Reported crime at this year's Notting Hill Carnival is "significantly down" on last year's event, police said.

Chief Superintendent Michael Johnson said: "Early indications from yesterday are that crime is significantly down on last year, but we never like to put that out in the public domain without knowing exactly what those figures are.

Carnival goers sit on the pavement in front of police. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

"It is very difficult because some people won't report it (crime) until they get home."

Arrests are at about the same level as last year, with 85 today as of 6pm - including 44 for drugs-related offences.

Scotland Yard said there were just under 100 arrests yesterday.

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