More than 300 people were arrested in London overnight, after gangs clashed with police at the end of a street celebration designed to promote peace and harmony. Police were out in force on the second day of the Notting Hill Carnival; several people were injured in the clashes.
One day after the end of the Beijing Olympics, it was the last thing London wanted as it prepares to host the next Olympiad in four years’ time. Earlier in the day, 1,620 officers were deployed to prevent other gangs of youths from going to the carnival. Police rejected accusations of heavy-handedness, saying they feared the youths were a threat to law and order.
The Notting Hill Carnival has grown into one of the world’s biggest street parties. But it has regularly been marred by violence; several of those arrested this year were carrying knives and at least one had a gun.