Notting Hill Carnival: 300 arrests including 12 for assaulting police officers

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Twelve people were arrested at Notting Hill Carnival for assaulting police officers, the Metropolitan Police has confirmed.

The Met revealed today (Tuesday August 29) that 313 people were arrested during the two-day festival in West London, with drink-driving, drug possession and grevious bodily harm among the other offences.

In addition to the police assaults, five people were arrested for criminal damage while 22 were arrested for public order offences. 

Fifty people were arrested for possessing an offensive weapon or a pointed or bladed article, while five were held for theft and one on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Six people were arrested for sexual offences while 58 were detained in relation to drugs. There were five arrests for GBH, six for actual bodily harm and common assault, and two for psychoactive drugs offences. A further nineteen people were arrested for offences not revealed by the Met.

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London's police force has also revealed that 28 officers received injuries during the festival, which began on Sunday morning and finished on Monday evening. Officers seized a number of weapons including knives, CS spray, batons and a hammer.

Notting Hill Carnival remains London's most iconic festival, but its reputation has been tarnished in recent years by violence as revellers clash with gangs in the packed streets of Notting Hill and Ladbroke Grove. 

This year's event was expected to pose an even bigger security threat than usual due to the recent tragedy at Grenfell Tower, which is situated close to the site of the carnival and has prompted a nationwide outpouring of anger towards the Government and local council.