Heavy police presence remains as partygoers attend the final day of Notting Hill Carnival

Heavy police presence remains as partygoers attend Notting Hill Carnival

Police officers at Notting Hill Carnival

Monday, August 29, 2016

There continues to be a heavy police presence as thousands of revelers attend the second and final day of the Notting Hill Carnival.

The Metropolitan police have introduced advanced security measures, including a facial recognition system, on the Grand Finale of the West London event's 50th anniversary, which has hosted 60 bands and 38 sound systems this year. The carnival attracts crowds of up to one million annually over the August bank holiday weekend.

It began yesterday (Sunday) as families gathered in fancy dress and face paint to watch the parades. 

But it was a day of hard work for the emergency services, with the London Ambulance Service treating a total of 411 patients, with 74 requiring hospital treatment, including a man fighting for his life following one of four reported knife attacks.

Scotland Yard said it had arrested 105 people over the same time period for a variety of alleged crimes, including four alleged sexual offences, actual and grievous bodily harm, and drug-related incidents. More than 150 canisters of nitrous oxide with a street value of more than £2,000 were seized from Wormington Road, Kensington and Chelsea.

Metropolitan Police licensing officers also seized more than 500 cans of lager from a man engaged in illegal street trading in Westbourne Park Road, selling the alcohol out of a wheelie bin. Both investigations have been referred to Trading Standards.