Notting Hill Carnival: 300 arrests and 28 police officers injured during weekend

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Police made more than 300 arrests and 28 officers were injured at Notting Hill Carnival over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Scotland Yard said officers made 313 arrests for a range of offences including 112 for drugs and 58 for offensive weapons.

Twenty-eight officers were injured across both days, while 17 arrests were made for assault on police, the Met said.

Two of the officers were injured when an acidic liquid was thrown over a crowd near Ladbroke Grove on Sunday evening.

Police hold a man during the second and final day of the Notting Hill Carnival (PA)

Medics treated the officers and one other person for skin irritation but their injuries were not thought to be serious. Two other people were injured in a stampede as revellers fled in panic following the incident. 

The two-day Bank Holiday festivities saw hundreds of thousands of revellers dance their way around the west London carnival route, while there were a number of opportunities for attendees to pay their respects to those who died in the Grenfell Tower fire. 

The number of arrests is so far lower than in 2016, when more than 450 people were detained across the two days of festivities. 

Police said this year some 14 arrests for sexual offences were also carried out, 37 public order arrests and 17 common assault arrests.

People observe a minute’s silence in memory of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire during the second day of Carnival (PA)

Officers seized a number of knives, batons, CS spray and a hammer.

Overnight, more than 200 people, 30 refuse trucks and a large motorway vehicle to wash down the roads have been used by the council’s contractors SUEZ to clear the streets where carnival-goers partied just hours before.

By daybreak on Tuesday, an estimated 300 tonnes of rubbish – the weight of 25 London buses – was swept from the area.

Councillor Mary Weale, lead council member for communities with responsibility for carnival, said: “This year’s Notting Hill Carnival was different to any other, the Grenfell Tower fire was something that we all thought about.

“However, it was heartening to see the numbers of people that came to carnival and the many who stopped and reflected at the minute’s silence on Sunday and Monday.

“The challenge our council officers and SUEZ face clearing up after one of Europe’s biggest street parties before people head off to work on Tuesday morning is a staggering task.

People start to run after a ‘mild acidic liquid’ was thrown over a crowd near Ladbroke Grove

“I would like to thank all of them for their efforts.”

Dozens of white doves were released to mark the start of the festivities on Sunday, in an emotional opening ceremony that included a performance of Bridge Over Troubled Water.

The colourful parade of floats and revellers halted for a minute’s silence at 3pm on both days to remember those killed in June’s deadly fire just a short distance away.

Those who marked the minute’s silences included firefighters, who removed their helmets and bowed their heads outside North Kensington fire station, before being embraced, congratulated and thanked by carnival goers.

Both periods of reflection ended with spontaneous applause and cheers.

The Lancaster West estate, where the blackened shell of the tower stands, was fenced off from the main carnival procession out of respect for local residents and mourners. 

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