Notting Hill Carnival a success despite 299 arrests

A mainly peaceful Notting Hill Carnival parade still sees 54 more arrests than the previous year

Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s largest street festival, saw 299 arrests over the two day event.

NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL IN PICTURES

The parade, which highlights Caribbean culture with colourful outfits and floats, was mainly peaceful, despite 54 more arrests being made than the previous year.

The three-and-a-half mile route from Ladbroke Grove to Westbourne Grove and Chepstow Road, provided a party atmosphere involving children and their families. Young people from community groups and sports clubs travelled on the decorated floats, with lively dancers joining in along the street.

With one million spectators expected, 7,000 officers were on patrol in the local area. Arrests were mainly made for drug and public order offences, as well as robbery and assault.

36 men were stopped at Kings Cross underground station on Monday afternoon after concerns they could potentially cause trouble in the capital. They were held until police were satisfied there was no risk.

A man stabbed on Monday in North Kensington remains in a critical but stable condition, according to police.

PICTURES: NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL 2012

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