Another Weekend Of Carnival Mayhem

Notting Hill carnival

The policing and security operation that saw thousands of officers from the Metropolitan Police, City of London and British Transport Police deployed to oversee the safety of the public at the annual Notting Hill ‘Carnival’, has concluded with the usual series of violent incidents.

A 29-year-old man is in critical condition in hospital after he was stabbed on Warfield Road, shortly after 9.00 pm. There were a number of other stabbings in the preceding hours. A 19-year-old male was stabbed in Ladbroke Grove just before 8:00 pm and remains hospitalised in a critical but stable condition.

Six other males were stabbed throughout the evening in separate incidents. They sustained injuries that were not life-threatening. Across the two days, there were 75 assaults and 275 arrests.

On Sunday, there were 110 arrests for offences including possession of offensive weapons, assaults (including on the police), possession of drugs and sexual offences. One man sustained a non-life changing slash wound but declined any medical treatment.

Officers working on the Carnival perimeter responded quickly to information suggesting a group was in possession of a firearm. The group was intercepted, the firearm seized, and a man arrested in connection with it. On Monday, there were a further 165 arrests for a similar range of offences.

Unfortunately, there were more instances of assault on the police, including sexual assault. Additionally, one officer was bitten and had to receive medical treatment.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Ade Adelekan, who oversaw the policing operation, said: “It is regrettable that for a second year in a row, Monday night at the carnival has been marred by serious violence. However, we cannot overlook the stabbings, sexual assaults, and attacks on police officers that we have seen.”

In Leeds, the annual West Indian Carnival took place over the Bank Holiday weekend in Chapeltown, a Leeds suburb best known for its high crime rate and as the scene of rioting in 1975, 1981 and 1987. The carnival is one of the longest-running West Indian carnivals in Europe, having been going since 1967.

West Yorkshire Police have launched a murder investigation following the death of a 19-year-old man, killed in an attack in the early hours of Saturday morning outside of a property in Francis Street, Chapeltown. No figures have been released regarding arrests over the carnival weekend.

In 2019, the carnival was in ‘full swing’ when a man was stabbed to death behind a food tent near the junction of Chapeltown Road and Button Hill.

Google Maps image of Francis Street in Chapeltown, Leeds


Top Image: Facebook, The Metropolitan Police have said that the level of disorder yesterday ‘marred’ the final day.
Lower Image: Google Maps.

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