The Metropolitan Police has said that the final day of Notting Hill carnival was ‘marred by serious violence’ after eight people were stabbed in one night.
Detectives had praised the ‘positive’ and ‘good-natured’ atmosphere across the weekend but officers were forced into action after the carnival descended into violence on Bank Holiday Monday.
Police said that a 29-year-old man is in a critical condition after he was stabbed in Warfield Road, just off Harrow Road, shortly after 9pm. However, in the lead up to that incident, there were several other stabbings, while one officer was bitten.
A 19-year-old man was stabbed in Ladbroke Grove shortly before 8pm and remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital. Meanwhile, six other men aged 18, 19, 20, 25, 28 and 40 were stabbed in separate incidents. They sustained non life-threatening injuries.
The Met said they made a total of 275 arrests across the two days. On Sunday, there were 110 arrests for offences including possession of offensive weapons, assaults including on police officers, possession of drugs and sexual offences.
The Metropolitan Police has said that the final day of Notting Hill carnival was ‘marred by serious violence’ after eight people were stabbed in one night. Pictured: Police officers lead a man through the streets of west London
Detectives had praised the ‘positive’ and ‘good-natured’ atmosphere across the weekend but officers were forced into action after the carnival descended into violence on Bank Holiday Monday. Pictured: Two ambulances arrive at the scene
Pictured: A Met Police officer holds an evidence bag with a seized weapon in it on the final day of carnival
One man sustained a non-life changing slash wound but turned down help from the emergency services.
Officers also acted quickly to intercept a group who was in the possession of a firearm. They seized the weapon and arrested a man.
On Monday there were a further 165 arrests for a similar range of offences. Police also revealed there were further assaults on cops, including sexual assaults, while the officer who was bitten had to be treated in hospital.
It comes after two days of steel drums, barbecues and flamboyant headdresses, drew to a close last night.
Hundreds of thousands of partygoers massed in Kensington for a sunny ‘carnival climax’ yesterday, which saw the adults’ parade kick off in the morning before a feast of music took over the streets.
Celebrities including Lily Allen, Nick Grimshaw and Idris Elba, who hosted his own DJ set, were spotted enjoying the vibrant annual celebration of Caribbean culture and history.
Council teams are now swarming across west London to sweep up and tidy mounds of rubbish after two million revellers descended en masse for this year’s carnival which sadly turned ugly on the second day.
The violence came after two days of steel drums, barbecues and flamboyant headdresses, Notting Hill Carnival drew to a close last night
Council crews are now swarming across west London to tidy up mounds of rubbish after two million revellers took to the streets
Colourfully-costumed revellers paraded through the streets of west London on Monday – the final day of the carnival
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Ade Adelekan, who oversaw the policing operation, said: ‘It is regrettable that for a second year in a row, Monday night at Carnival has been marred by serious violence.
‘Nobody disputes the significance of Carnival on London’s cultural calendar and the overwhelming majority of those who came will have had a positive experience. However, we cannot overlook the stabbings, sexual assaults and attacks on police officers that we have seen.
‘As we do following any major operation, we will be reviewing the events of the past two days and giving thorough consideration to what may need to change in future years.
‘It is important to recognise the positives that we can take away from the event. I am pleased that by working in close partnership with the event organisers and the stewarding teams, we were able to closely monitor crowd density and intervene in an effective way to prevent any incidents of crushing at peak times.
‘I would like to thank all the officers who have worked so hard over the weekend to keep people safe.
‘Carnival is a challenging policing environment. Officers were asked to be vigilant and alert but to be approachable, respectful and sensitive at the same time. They did all of that and more and they deserve our recognition and our thanks.’