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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Stilt walkers strut their stuff

Credit: Laura Lean/PA Wire

The Taboo Group practice walking on stilts ahead of their performance at the Notting Hill Carnival tomorrow. The carnival is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The police have been working closely with the Carnival organisers, the local authorities of The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council and Westminster City Council to ensure a safe and enjoyable weekend for those visiting the celebration.

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Police to use 'face recognisers' to spot Carnival troublemakers

A total of 6,145 police officers on Sunday and just over 7,000 on Monday will be on duty during the Notting Hill Carnival. The Metropolitan Police will be using 'police super recognisers' - officers with the ability to remember hundreds of offenders' faces.

Police watch crowds pass along Notting Hill Gate after the second day of the Notting Hill Carnival 2013 Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

"I want to say to those who want to come to cause trouble, do not come, you will be dealt with swiftly and robustly. The Met will do everything in its power to make it as hard as possible for you."

– Superintendent Robyn Williams

Police have this advice for visitors:

Police say they want everyone to have a happy and safe carnival experience Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire
  • Keep an eye on your belongings, particularly your mobile phone
  • Don't bring too much cash
  • Don't wear expensive jewellery
  • Plan your journey - www.met.police.ukhas a map of the route
  • Go with the crowd and move along the route
  • Make a plan to meet with your friends if you get separated
  • Police officers may ask you to walk a longer route for safety reasons
  • Follow the Met Police on Twitter @MetPoliceEvents
  • If you know anyone who is planning a crime, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
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