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Police flood streets for Notting Hill carnival

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Police flood streets for Notting Hill carnival


There were record numbers of police patrolling Notting Hill carnival in London but the event billed as one of the biggest of its kind in the world passed off with fewer arrests than last year.

The second and final day of carnival saw some isolated incidents of violence. One man was taken to hospital with stab wounds.

Since it began in 1964 the event has grown and usually attracts around a million people to the area of west London. One partygoer said that after the riots earlier in the month it is exactly what London needed.

There were more than 6,500 officers deployed -1,000 more than last year – and there were 4,000 more in reserve.

Police were also mindful that London hosts the Olympics in less than a year. Officers used special powers allowing them to stop and search people they suspect might have wanted to cause trouble, and force them to remove any carnival face masks.

But the main focus of attention at carnival remained the music, the costumes and the dancers.

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