One Man Stabbed, 370 Arrested And 30 Police Officers Hurt At Notting Hill Carnival

A man has been stabbed at the famous Notting Hill Carnival. This comes along with the news that more than 370 arrests have been made and 30 police officers were left hurt.

The man, who is now suffering from a non-fatal stab wound to the head, was reported to have sustained the injury shortly after 8pm on Monday.

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Scotland Yard have reported 395 people were held over the two-day event, a number they expected to rise, and at least 37 knives were seized, as well as a corrosive substance, a metal bar and a stun gun.

Scotland Yard had put in place a controversial section 60 order on both days of the west London event - which allows officers to stop and search anyone without the need for reasonable suspicion.

Met Police said it made 240 arrests on the Bank Holiday and 133 on Sunday, including 10 made by the British Transport Police (BTP).

A further 12 arrests were carried out by BTP yesterday.

Officers detained 156 people on drugs offences, 69 on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and nine on suspicion of sexual offences.

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Notting Hill Carnival Gold Commander Dave Musker said: "We would like to thank all those who took to the streets to celebrate everything that the carnival stands for, in a kind and considerate manner.

"However, Monday night was marred by the news of a non-life-threatening stabbing at around 8.10pm in Ladbroke Grove. Thankfully this was the only incident of this nature throughout the whole weekend."

He added: "I am very pleased with the results of the screening arches and the Section 60 order; 36 offensive weapons were taken off the streets by my officers and 373 arrests were made over the course of the weekend, which we expect could rise."

Some people have criticised the Section 60 order being put in place but Musker has defended the choice as he said he was confident that the order "prevented ... dangerous items being brought to carnival", adding that it was "proportionate and necessary".

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The number of arrests has made an incline since last year. This year's total arrests were much higher than 2017, where some 313 arrests were carried out.

However, in 2016, the 50th anniversary of the carnival, there were 440 arrests over the two days, which was its highest rate in 15 years.

There were also four stabbings over the weekend of the 50th anniversary, including a 15-year-old boy who was left in a critical condition.

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On both Sunday and Monday, the carnival fell silent as thousands of people paid tribute to Grenfell Tower victims for the second year.

At 3pm, people stood quietly for 72 seconds - one second in memory of each of the people who died in the fire in a tower block that is still visible from the carnival's route.

There were also tributes made to the late Aretha Franklin, who died earlier in August.

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Rachael Grealish

Rachael is journalist from West Cumbria, recently moved to Manchester for an exciting opportunity at LADbible. She used to work as an editor of a small newspaper, in Cumbria. Outside of work Rachael loves plenty of coffee, running and reading.

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