UK Police Arrest Almost 300 People During 2-Day Notting Hill Carnival

Cheryl Sanders
August 30, 2016

"Metropolitan Police licensing officers working at this weekends Notting Hill Carnival have seized over 150 canisters of nitrous oxide. the canisters have a street value of over 2,000 pounds", a Metropolitan Police statement said.

Police and paramedics deployed in force for the annual event celebrating West Caribbean culture in Britain.

Performers participate in the parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in London August 30, 2016.

As revellers recover from Notting Hill Carnival, which took place this bank holiday weekend, rubbish from the street party is making its way to waste recovery sites across London to be recycled or used to generate green energy.

Taking place every August Bank Holiday weekend in London, the Notting Hill Carnival is an awesome array of sounds, colourful sights and social solidarity. "Next year we are coming back".

Simo Lagnawi, from Morocco, attracted a large crowd as he performed along the streets with his band Gnawa London.

People interact with a figure during the Notting Hill Carnival in London August 30, 2016.

"We heard the music from where we are staying in Bayswater and just followed the sound".

At last year's event, 407 people were arrested.

Almost one quarter of the arrests were for possession of a bladed weapon while 74 were for drug offences.

On Sunday a 14-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of GBH after a 15-year-old boy was stabbed on Wornington Road in Kensington and Chelsea, while the same day two boys aged 15 and 16 were stabbed in Ladbroke Grove. A total of 74 people were taken to hospital. The carnival's Grande Finale on 29 August comes after more than 100 people were arrested and the stabbing total reached five on the first day of festivities, which was the carnival's Children's Day.

A performer participates in the parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in London.

In the 1970s the carnival often had a political tinge and reflected racial tensions.

The carnival is now said to be the world's second biggest after the one in Rio.

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