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252 arrested during Notting Hill Carnival

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A total of 252 people have been arrested during the
two-day Notting Hill Carnival in western London, local
police said on Tuesday.

According to figures released by Metropolitan Police
on Tuesday, 252 people related to a variety of
offences had been arrested during the two-day
annual street festival, although heavy rain hit on
Monday, the second day of the carnival.

Among those arrested, 76 were related to drugs
possession and possession with intent to supply, 43
violated public order, and other 23 were for
possession of offensive weapon.

Figure showed that 14 people were arrested as they
assaulted police. Two policemen have been sent to
hospital for treatment after assaults, but neither of
them suffered serious injuries.

The total number of arrested people fell this year,
comparing to 301 detained last year. In 2012, 278
people were held during the carnival.

“Although early indications are that reported crime is
down at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival, I am
concerned by the number of stabbings over the
weekend. Stabbings are up on last year, and in some
cases these are just centimetres from being a
murder.

Each will be thoroughly investigated and we
will do everything possible to ensure those who
brought trouble to Carnival are placed before the
courts,” said Bernard Hogan-Howe, commissioner of
Metropolitan Police.

To maintain the order of the festival, about 7,000
police officers were dispatched to the scene on
Monday, the main celebration day of the carnival,
while more than 1,000 officers were also sent out on
Sunday, the family day for the carnival.

Notting Hill Carnival is one of the largest street
festival in Europe. Originated in early 1960s, it was a
festival for celebrating cultures and traditions by
Afro-Caribbean communities.

Taking place every August, the carnival features
jubilant parade, flamboyant costumes, music and
dance along the carnival route, which attracted
millions of visitors across the world.

This year’s celebration fell on Sunday and Monday.

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