Notting Hill Carnival 2017: Three people hurt in 'liquid attack' and two trampled as terrified crowds flee in panic amid acid fears

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Three people were hurt by an unknown liquid and two others trampled as panicked crowds fled after fears of an “acid attack” at Notting Hill Carnival.

Police said three people were treated for skin irritation after being targeted with the unknown liquid at just before 8pm on Sunday – the first day of the west London festival.

Two others were injured as crowds quickly sprinted away from St Charles Square where the alleged acid attack happened. Nobody has yet been arrested but Scotland Yard said an investigation is ongoing.

Crowds at this weekend’s carnival have been on high alert after fears acid attackers could target festival-goers. It follows a rise in the number of acid attacks, mainly across east London, in recent months.

On Monday, footage emerged of terrified crowds fleeing through a street near Ladbroke Grove in a panic.

Footage of people running away from an unknown incident on Monday.

The video clip, recorded from the event on Monday evening, shows screaming revellers sprinting away as whistles can be heard blowing in the background.

One witness told the Standard she was on Portobello Road when the police started telling people to run.

Another festival-goer said: “I was on Ladbroke Grove and the floats were going past.

“A large amount of people started screaming and running towards where me and my friends were standing, and we ran in the same direction.

“We ran briefly and stopped. Then more people started running towards us and we kept running.

“We tried to ask the police we passed what was happening, immediately after, but they said they didn’t know and were looking into it.”

A model who was at the carnival, and goes by the username Miss Fame on Twitter, said “everyone started to run”.

A spokesman for the Met Police said they are looking into what caused the panic but do not yet believe it was linked to any incident.

As of 3.30pm on Monday, some 149 arrests had been made – over a third of which, 61, were for drug offences, the Met said.

There were 17 public order arrests, and 15 arrests for possession of an offensive weapon, or knife/blade.

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