Hundreds arrested at carnival over weapons offences
MORE than 12,000 officers were deployed to this year’s Notting Hill Carnival, which according to police, was a widely peaceful event.
Officers were given Section 60 stop and search powers which led to nearly 400 arrests and 36 offensive weapons being seized.
Policing of the two-day street party was ramped up after a week of bloodshed in the capital in which six people were shot.
Metropolitan Police confirmed its officers removed 36 dangerous weapons from the streets during the carnival.
British Transport Police (BTP) counted four knives and a corrosive substance among the items it confiscated from festival-goers, with BTP officers making 12 arrests.
Following a spike in street violence and knife crime in the capital, the Met’s Task Force officers were also out in large numbers working to keep the event free from violence.
A male stabbed in Ladbroke Grove on Monday night suffered non fatal injuries. According to the Met he was the only reported victim of knife crime at during the carnival.
Photos shared by police on social media reveal just a handful of the terrifying knives that were taken off the streets around the event.
BTP Chief Superintendent John Conaghan said: “This was a particularly busy period for our officers and I would like to thank them for their dedication and extremely hard work.
“Thanks to their diligence and proportionate use of stop and search powers, a number of individuals were arrested during the Carnival.
“Most notably, four knives were seized during those arrests as well as a corrosive substance, capable of causing serious harm.
“These dangerous and potentially lethal weapons were removed from the streets, undoubtedly making it safer for passengers and carnival attendees.”
A carving knife was seized by Met Task Force officers after a search at an entrance to the event.
During the event, police urged people against bringing knives to the carnival in a tweet: “We are on an entrance point and searching people under Section 60 or Section 1 for weapons. A few knives seized and so far seven arrests. Hope everyone else has a fun and safe weekend here. Don’t bring knives to the carnival.”
A kitchen knife was discovered by officers combing the streets around carnival for weapons which may have been stashed.
The knife was found during a weapons sweep of Tavistock Road just moments away from Ladbroke Grove, a key carnival hub.
Met Task Force tweeted: “One tactic we utilise is weapons sweeps. Officers search potential hiding points for weapons which get stashed for easy access. This one was found on Tavistock Road. Another life saved.”
Two of the knives seized at the carnival