Notting Hill Carnival: Met Police say there have been ‘serious stabbings’ and ‘violent incidents’

Notting Hill Carnival ends in chaos: Met Police say ‘severe stabbings’ and ‘violent incidents’ erupted after the end of the three-day festival – as police activate special stop and search powers

Met Police said tonight there were “serious stabbings” and “incidents of violence” in the streets after the Notting Hill carnival.

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

The force has not yet released any casualties or whether there have been any arrests in connection with the incidents.

Officers imposed the Section 60 order within the Mardi Gras footprint and its boundaries, which allow police to stop and search a person without suspicion.

Yesterday Scotland Yard announced officers had made 76 arrests for separate incidents as of 7am Monday – including 19 for assault, four for sexual assault and aggravated assault and 10 for possession of an assault weapon.

Met Police said there were

Met Police said there were “serious stabbings” and “violence” on the streets after 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 bank holiday weekend.

The carnival first began in 1966 when around 1,000 people took part 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 last carnival in 2019 cost police £8.6million. However, the festival brings hundreds of thousands of tourists to London and creates an estimated £120million for the economy.

It comes after a Met police horse died after collapsing on duty at the carnival on Sunday night as an inquest was launched into the death of Police Horse (PH) Sandown.

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Emma Colton

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