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Notting Hill Carnival: Carnage on the London Underground as passengers are pushed onto Central Line trains

Passengers were pushed onto the London Underground amid mass traffic jams in extraordinary scenes during the Notting Hill Carnival, MailOnline is able to reveal today.

Videos showed severe platform congestion at Oxford Circus station at 2.30pm on Monday as revelers attempted to travel towards Notting Hill Gate.

Passengers who failed to board were seen pushing fellow passengers in scenes similar to those often seen at train stations in China and Japan.

Witnesses said it was a “miracle no one was killed or injured” with an estimated 1,000 passengers standing right at the edge of the platform as each train pulled in.

Riders were said to have “climbed on top of each other”, while children and babies were also involved in the melee as people tried to make it to the festival.

It comes amid mass criticism at the festival after a chaotic weekend that saw more than 200 people arrested, 74 police officers injured and a 21-year-old man killed.

Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said today an officer had been sexually assaulted by scores of men and called for the event to be stopped.

A large number of passengers attempt to board a Central Line train at Oxford Circus on Monday

A large number of passengers attempt to board a Central Line train at Oxford Circus on Monday

People are struggling to board the Central Line train on the London Underground on Monday

People are struggling to board the Central Line train on the London Underground on Monday

He told LBC: “The tragedy of this is that 98 per cent of the people who go there are law abiding and want to have a good time, but there’s an element, and I’m sick of nobody talking about it, of people going for one reason – to harm others.

“It doesn’t stop, never stopped and we have to say enough is enough. We cannot have a situation where I discuss why so many of my colleagues are seriously injured or attacked over the bank holiday weekend every year.’

He added that detectives confiscated dozens of knives and ended up to 300 fights over the course of Sunday and Monday, adding: “This is not a weekend for fun lovers.

“I think it should be stopped. I think it should be in a private area like Hyde Park where it can be fenced off, people checked and controlled when entering and exiting.

Severe congestion on the platform at Oxford Circus station in central London on Monday

Severe congestion on the platform at Oxford Circus station in central London on Monday

Passengers attempt to board the Central Line train as many travel to the Notting Hill Carnival

Passengers attempt to board the Central Line train as many travel to the Notting Hill Carnival

Witness J. Clegg filmed the tube video en route to the carnival, changing from the Bakerloo line at Oxford Circus after traveling from Elephant and Castle.

He told MailOnline Today that he had to wait for nearly ten trains to pass before he could board as he watched passengers’ faces “crushed in the glass”.

He said: “There was no room to move. I’ve never seen such a chaotic underground. Not in England – maybe in countries like India, but not here. It was crowded.

“I came down and had to wait for about seven to nine subways to go by before I could get on one and then my face was pressed against the door.

Witnesses said it was a

Witnesses said it was a “miracle no one was killed or injured in Monday’s riot.”

Passengers who failed to board were seen pushing fellow passengers through the doors

Passengers who failed to board were seen pushing fellow passengers through the doors

“When I was there, people were climbing on top of each other, layering up like sandwiches – and babies and children in strollers.

Mr Clegg estimated that “nearly 1,000 people” were waiting for each train, noting that their feet were on the top of the platform edge.

He added: “It only takes one person to push and you get 20 to 30 people on the track. It’s a miracle no one was killed or injured.’

He said announcements had been made telling people to move away from the edge of the platform when the subway would depart and telling them not to get on.

A large number of passengers attempt to board a Central Line train at Oxford Circus on Monday

A large number of passengers attempt to board a Central Line train at Oxford Circus on Monday

The passengers are said to have

The passengers are said to have “climbed on top of each other” to board the trains

But Mr Clegg added that despite police at the bottom of the escalators yelling for people to move, there was nothing staff could do to stop the congestion.

The footage is likely to raise concerns with Transport for London (TfL), which is closing some stations and making others exit-only to safely manage crowds.

Six Tube stations have been closed or partially closed – including Ladbroke Grove, Holland Park, Royal Oak, Notting Hill Gate, Latimer Road and Westbourne Park.

Up to two million people are said to have come to the carnival on Sunday and Monday, and they also had to deal with a 48-hour bus strike in the capital.

Forensic scientists combed the scene at Ladbroke Grove yesterday after Takayo Nembhard, 21, a Bristol rapper, died after being stabbed to death on the final day of the Notting Hill Carnival

Forensic scientists combed the scene at Ladbroke Grove yesterday after Takayo Nembhard, 21, a Bristol rapper, died after being stabbed to death on the final day of the Notting Hill Carnival

The Metropolitan Police patrol the streets during the Notting Hill Carnival on Monday

The Metropolitan Police patrol the streets during the Notting Hill Carnival on Monday

Police patrol the streets of London's Notting Hill Carnival on Sunday night

Police patrol the streets of London’s Notting Hill Carnival on Sunday night

But even the carnival was once again overshadowed by violence when 21-year-old rapper Takayo Nembhard was murdered in Ladbroke Grove on Monday night.

He was one of seven victims of stabbings at the festival, while 74 Metropolitan Police officers suffered injuries including broken arms, legs and minor stab wounds.

Two female police officers were sexually assaulted – one was grabbed by the neck and kissed and a second was surrounded by a group of men.

Police said 209 arrests were made during the carnival, including 46 for assault, 36 for possession of drugs and 33 for possession of an assault weapon.

TfL said it would look at the videos and MailOnline has reached out for comment.

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Emma Colton

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