Notting Hill Carnival: Met Police say ‘serious stabbings’ and ‘incidents of violence’ broke out

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Notting Hill Carnival ends in chaos: Met Police say ‘serious stabbings’ and ‘incidents of violence’ have broken out following end of three-day festival – as police activate special stop and search powers

Met Police said tonight that ‘serious stabbings’ and ‘incidents of violence’ have broken out in streets following the Notting Hill Carnival.

Police activated special stop and search powers from 9.24pm which will end at 1am this morning in the areas surrounding the three-day festival after it ended last night in West London.

The force has so far not given any indication of the numbers of victims or said whether there have been arrests relating to the incidents.

Officers imposed the Section 60 order within the Carnival footprint and its borders, which allows police to stop and search a person without suspicion.

Yesterday, Scotland Yard revealed that officers had made 76 arrests over seperate incidents as of 7am on Monday – including 19 for assault, four for sexual assault and grievous bodily harm and ten for possession of an offensive weapon.

Met Police say ‘serious stabbings’ and ‘incidents of violence’ have broken out in streets following the Notting Hill Carnival. Pictured: Officers today

Notting Hill Carnival is the largest street carnival in Europe and an estimated two million people are expected to attend over the course of the Bank Holiday weekend.

The carnival first started in 1966, when about 1,000 people attended, and is famous for its celebration of Afro-Caribbean traditions.

The total number of arrests at the 2019 event was 353, compared to 374 in 2018, 313 in 2017 and 454 in 2016.

The Metropolitan Police said the most recent carnival in 2019 cost it £8.6million to police. The festival does however bring hundreds of thousands of tourists into London and creates an estimated £120million for the economy.

It comes after a Met Police horse died after collapsing while on duty at the carnival on Sunday evening as an investigation was launched into Police Horse (PH) Sandown’s death.

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