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Highest Number Of Arrests In 15 Years Made At Notting Hill Carnival As 15-Year-Old Boy Stabbed

Highest Number Of Arrests In 15 Years Made At Notting Hill Carnival As 15-Year-Old Boy Stabbed

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Notting Hill Carnival saw more than a million people take to the streets of west London to revel in the largest street party in Europe.

However, as with every year, a few like to ruin it for the many and the crime rate at this year's Carnival was the highest it has been in 15 years.

A 15-year-old boy was stabbed and in critical condition in hospital while a 14-year-old was later arrested for GBH.

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The lad stabbed was one of four stabbings at this year's Carnival and one of 440 arrests over the two days.

Final police figures say on the last day of Notting Hill Carnival 284 people were arrested, almost double the 156 the day before. Offences included drug offences, carrying offensive weapons, public order offences, nitrous oxide offences, assaults on police and sexual assaults as well as drink driving, theft, ABH, GBH, criminal damage and robbery.

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2016 was the 50th anniversary of the Carnival and despite the high number of crimes, when you consider more than a million people were at the event over the two days, less than 500 criminal offences is still regarded as minimal.

Here's hoping all those affected make full recoveries.

George Pavlou

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