Notting Hill Carnival latest

Notting Hill Carnival went ahead over one of the coldest and wettest bank holidays on record. There were 261 arrests over the two day event and two police officers were hurt as violence overshadowed the second day of the west London carnival.

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Policing the Carnival: 11 stabbings yesterday

Police dealt with 11 stabbings yesterday Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Archive

In relation to policing the Carnival, the Metropolitan Police says there were 11 stabbings yesterday.

On Colville Terrace, a 29 year old man sustained a serious stab wound and is being treated in hospital while eight other individuals received knife wounds.

An 18 year old man received stab wounds in Southam Street and in a separate incident another man received a serious stab wound.

In total there were 252 arrests over Sunday and Monday.

"Although early indications are that reported crime is down at this year's Notting Hill Carnival, I am concerned by the number of stabbings over the weekend.

Stabbings are up on last year, and in some cases these are just centimetres from being a murder. Each will be thoroughly investigated and we will do everything possible to ensure those who brought trouble to Carnival are placed before the courts.

Our proactive operations in the days leading up to Carnival and the weekend itself were a great success and meant we were able to stop many crimes before they happened.

Two of my officers were injured during an arrest yesterday and this shows the risks they must take. I would like to thank all the officers and support staff for their hard work in the most difficult of weather conditions. Their commitment is a major factor in ensuring the Carnival is a safe and enjoyable event for the vast majority of those attending."

– Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, MPS Commissioner


Number of arrests for carnival released

By 6pm today the Metropolitan police had arrested 70 people for a variety of offences on the final day of the Notting Hill Carnival. The offences included possession of drugs and possession of an offensive weapon. The final breakdown is not yet known.

On Sunday, a total of 104 people were arrested for the following offences:

  • 3 x assault on police
  • 2 x criminal damage
  • 17 x public order
  • 5 x possession offensive weapon points
  • 7 x theft
  • 34 x drugs
  • 2 x robbery
  • 4 x GBH
  • 11 x common assault
  • 5 x theft person
  • 14 x various others

£300,000 worth of drugs seized in flat raid

Drugs worth around £300,000 that police believe were destined to be sold at the Notting Hill Carnival have been seized during a raid at an address in Lewisham.

At about 10.30am yesterday, officers involved in the Notting Hill Carnival policing operation raided a flat in Broadfield Road.

In the basement, officers found a suitcase containing what is suspected to be 3-4kg of crack cocaine.

Four people - a man and a woman aged in their mid 30s, second man aged 19 and a third man aged 51 - were arrested at the address on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of drugs.

All four are currently in custody.

Notting Hill Carnival: Day 2

Despite a grim weather forecast, more than a million people are expected to have attended Notting Hill Carnival by the end of today.

Police have been planning for the carnival for months, and arrested dozens of people during yesterday's celebrations.

Transport for London is reminding Londoners to check before they travel, as there are major changes to roads and public transport in the area.


Preparations ahead of the first parade

Steel drums ready to be unloaded for this weekend's Notting Hill Carnival Credit: Laura Lean/PA Wire

Preparations are underway for the Notting Hill Carnival parade, which will take to the streets in just a few hours time.

The carnival bands start their marching from around 9am today and from the same time tomorrow.

Organisers estimate that the carnival parade should complete its procession by 7pm.

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