The renowned Notting Hill Carnival in West London was marred by severe violence, with the Metropolitan Police reporting numerous arrests and hospitalizations.
The two-day event, held on August 27 and 28, recognized as Europe’s most significant street festival celebrating Caribbean culture, attracted an estimated two million attendees. However, the festivities on Monday turned chaotic as riots broke out, leading to eight stabbing incidents.
The Metropolitan Police two men are in the hospital after being stabbed on Monday evening, with one, a 29-year-old man, in critical condition.
This marks the second consecutive year that the carnival’s final day has been disrupted by violence, as noted by Deputy Assistant Commissioner Ade Adelekan. In total, the police made 275 arrests over the two days for offenses ranging from weapon possession to assaults on officers. Notably, 75 police officers were attacked, with one officer hospitalized.
Footage circulating on social media showed scenes of disorder. Young people, clad in black and wearing ski masks were observed running down streets, with some brandishing weapons , including big knives and machetes. A group of people with firearms was also arrested.
The recurring violence at the event prompted Susan Hall, the Conservative Party’s London mayoral candidate, to advocate for relocating the carnival to ensure better policing and safety.
However, a spokesperson for London Mayor Sadiq Khan highlighted the historical and cultural significance of the event’s location in the Caribbean community of North Kensington and Notting Hill, asserting that it should remain there.
Despite recognizing the carnival’s cultural value, concerns about security and safety continue to be paramount for attendees and officials alike.