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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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Notting Hill Carnival entertainers put on a show

Entertainers have been putting their elaborate costumes on show at Notting Hill Carnival for a second day.

More than a million people are reported to have turned out to watch them parade through the streets of west London.

Entertainers take part in the Notting Hill Carnival in west London
Entertainers take part in the Notting Hill Carnival in west London Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire
One entertainer wears an elaborate, richly-feathered costume
One entertainer wears an elaborate, richly-feathered costume Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Carnival performers don skull costumes in Notting Hill
Carnival performers don skull costumes in Notting Hill Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire
A carnival performer wears long feathers
A carnival performer wears long feathers Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Notting Hill revellers enjoy the sunshine

Today the temperature reached up to 26 degrees. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Thousands of festival dancers wearing ornate costume took part in the parade. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images
The total number of visitors to the festival is expected to reach one million by the end of today. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images
The festival is a celebration of Caribbean culture. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Hundreds of child and adult performers took part in the parade. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sunshine predicted to heat up Notting Hill celebrations

Notting Hill Carnival will continue its loud explosion of colour and music for a second day. Sunshine is predicted to heat up the Bank Holiday Monday celebrations with temperatures of up to 26C (78.8F) forecast for London.

The total number of visitors to the two day festival is estimated to reach one milliion by the end of the day.

A Carnival performer at Notting Hill Carnival 2013. Credit: David Jensen/EMPICS Entertainment

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Police make 93 arrests at the Notting Hill Carnival

Entertainers take part in the Notting Hill Carnival in west London. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Scotland Yard said police have made around 93 arrests at this year's Notting Hill Carnival.

The arrests were made mainly for drugs offences - while London Ambulance Service and St John Ambulance treated more than 300 people for cuts and bruises to their feet and alcohol-related injuries. A spokesman said 45 were taken to hospital.

Up to 1 million people are expected to attend Carnival

Up to one million people are expected to attend the Carnival to experience Caribbean culture, food, music and dance.

Dancers from Kinetika Bloco take part in the Notting Hill Carnival in west London Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Thumping basslines, sizzling meat and tooting whistles filled the air as giant floats made their way from Westbourne Park Underground station, up Kensal Road, along Ladbroke Grove and down Westbourne Grove in West London.

One of the first groups to take to the streets was the charity Kinetika Bloco, whose dancers wore pink, green and white costumes while a brass band played songs from The Clash's Rock the Casbah to Daft Punk's Get Lucky.

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