Thursday, May 26

Notting Hill Carnival ends with more than 400 arrests



The sun has set on hundreds of thousands of revellers who danced the Bank Holiday weekend away at Notting Hill Carnival.

A parade of floats and brightly-dressed performers snaked their way through the streets of west London as part of the Caribbean-inspired celebration.

But festivities at Europe’s biggest street party were marred by more than 400 arrests across the two-day event – many relating to drugs and offensive weapons.

Scotland Yard said 156 arrests were made on Sunday, while as of 8.45pm on Monday there had been 245 arrests.

Some people were arrested for more than one offence, and 26 knives were seized.

Police said there were four incidents involving people being stabbed, and after one of them a 14-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of GBH. Sixty people were arrested for having an offensive weapon.

There were also four arrests for sexual offences and 11 arrests for assaults on police.

Met Police licensing officers seized a large canister of compressed nitrous oxide on Queensway.

Officers understand that the canister has the capacity to fill 2,250 small canisters representing a total street value of over £150,000.

Around 1,000 small nitrous oxide canisters and associated paraphernalia were seized in a number of separate operations.

As the street party came to a close on Monday evening, carnival-goers kept on dancing.

Revellers watched the colourful parade from balconies on Ladbroke Grove while people of all ages took to the streets to celebrate.

Colette Ford from Salisbury was among those taking part in the carnival. Dressed in an elaborate Dominator costume which cost £170 to match the 50 Shades Of Paradise float, she said: “It’s a lovely amazing atmosphere to be part of a truck.”

Meanwhile keen dancer Jasmin Castrioty, 25, said she had loved her first experience of carnival, saying: “The rhythm is absolutely stunning. I can actually feel it. Next year we are coming back.”

Teacher Jan Harvey, who is originally from Jamaica, said: “Everybody is enjoying themselves, there is no trouble and there is a good atmosphere.”