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Notting Hill Carnival clean-up crews swarm through west London to tidy up mounds of litter

After one million revellers basked in the glorious sunshine and ate and drank to their hearts content at Notting Hill Carnival, teams of cleaners have swooped on the streets for a huge clean up operation.

Dancers and music filled the north-west London neighbourhood over the Bank holiday as a celebration of Caribbean culture in the capital.

But with hundreds of thousands of visitors pouring through the residential streets, the carnival, now in its 53rd year does leave behind a trail of mess.

Images show disgusting piles of food waste and plastic bottles strewn across the high street in front of two-bedroom homes which routinely sell for anything north of £2 million.

Police were also seen doing their bit of tidying up by arresting a few rowdy revellers who had remained behind despite the absence of party atmosphere. 

Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council posted a disappointing before and after photo of one street which was left littered with takeaway boxes and bottles after just the first day.

After one million revellers basked in the glorious sunshine at Notting Hill Carnival, a 200-strong team of cleaners have swooped on the streets of north-west London for a huge clean up operation

Bleary-eyed revellers sat chatting on the streets after the three-day extravaganza, which is Europe's biggest street party

Bleary-eyed revellers sat chatting on the streets after the three-day extravaganza, which is Europe’s biggest street party 

Images show disgusting piles of food waste and plastic bottles strewn across the high street following the festivities

Images show disgusting piles of food waste and plastic bottles strewn across the high street following the festivities 

Members of the public waiting at a bus stop seem unaware of the mountains of rubbish which has accumulated on the street after the famous carnival

Members of the public waiting at a bus stop seem unaware of the mountains of rubbish which has accumulated on the street after the famous carnival

Police were also seen doing their bit of tidying up by removing a few rowdy revellers who had remained behind despite the absence of party atmosphere

Police were also seen doing their bit of tidying up by removing a few rowdy revellers who had remained behind despite the absence of party atmosphere

Before the carnival on Sunday

Last night

Kensington and Chelsea Borough council have issued a before-and-after photo of one of the streets littered by revellers at Notting Hill Carnival

The carnival has taken place since 1966 and shows no signs of slowing down as popularity continues to grow. However the aftermath is left to a clean up team to deal with

The carnival has taken place since 1966 and shows no signs of slowing down as popularity continues to grow. However the aftermath is left to a clean up team to deal with

Some carnival-goers taking a break from the party did not seem to mind sitting among the debris that had accumulated at the side of the road

Some carnival-goers taking a break from the party did not seem to mind sitting among the debris that had accumulated at the side of the road

Help has arrived! The cleaning team make their way down the street collecting piles of rubbish as they go in attempts to restore the west London area to its normal state

Help has arrived! The cleaning team make their way down the street collecting piles of rubbish as they go in attempts to restore the west London area to its normal state

Long after the part is over, police look to round up a few stragglers left in the streets as the 200-strong clean up crew moves in the make the carnival's mess disappear

Long after the part is over, police look to round up a few stragglers left in the streets as the 200-strong clean up crew moves in the make the carnival’s mess disappear

Cleaners do their best to clear the mess

Huge piles of rubbish

Images show disgusting piles of food waste and plastic bottles strewn across the high street in front of two-bedroom homes which routinely sell for anything north of £2 million

‘We hope you had a great day at Carnival this year. For our street cleaners, the work now begins to make the streets clean for everyone tomorrow,’ read the post.

‘Our 200 strong team will be working through the night to keep Carnival a happy memory and not a messy morning.’

But many of the revellers didn’t seem to mind the mess as they continued with afterparties even after the official festivities had stopped. 

Performers dressed in jewelled and glittering costumes have taken to the streets today in London to celebrate the last day of the Notting Hill Carnival only hours before.

The event, first started in 1966, drew over one million people in the streets of west London to celebrate Caribbean culture at a carnival considered the largest street demonstration in Europe.

Others were pictured flying Union flags while some had even decided to paint their whole bodies gold for the parade. 

Around one million people were expected in west London across the bank holiday weekend for the carnival which was left for cleaning workers to clear up

Around one million people were expected in west London across the bank holiday weekend for the carnival which was left for cleaning workers to clear up 

The clean up from Notting Hill Carnival in London has begun after piles of rubbish were left at the side of the road after revellers made the most of the festivities

The clean up from Notting Hill Carnival in London has begun after piles of rubbish were left at the side of the road after revellers made the most of the festivities 

As the two-day festival drew to a close plastic bottles, supermarket bags and empty drinks containers left on the streets were swept up and disposed of

As the two-day festival drew to a close plastic bottles, supermarket bags and empty drinks containers left on the streets were swept up and disposed of

Police were granted extra search powers to stop and search people attending the street party this weekend. The clean up operation will happen overnight so the area is back to normal by the morning

Police were granted extra search powers to stop and search people attending the street party this weekend. The clean up operation will happen overnight so the area is back to normal by the morning

This year's carnival-goers were warned to stay safe in the record-breaking bank holiday heat leading to piles of empty water bottles being strewn on the pavements

This year’s carnival-goers were warned to stay safe in the record-breaking bank holiday heat leading to piles of empty water bottles being strewn on the pavements 

Kensington & Chelsea Borough council issued a before-and-after photo of one of the streets littered by revellers at Notting Hill Carnival to warn those taking part to be considerate of their surroundings

Kensington & Chelsea Borough council issued a before-and-after photo of one of the streets littered by revellers at Notting Hill Carnival to warn those taking part to be considerate of their surroundings 

The clean up operation was in full swing yesterday evening and continued into the night with teams of workers sweeping up the mess left behind

The clean up operation was in full swing yesterday evening and continued into the night with teams of workers sweeping up the mess left behind 

Ahead of the parade, drummers and dancers armed themselves with spray bottles filled with water in an attempt to keep cool in the predicted temperatures.

After the number of arrests reached 100 yesterday, police officers were granted stop and search powers at the event, with 12 people being arrested after 11 officers were set upon. 

Some 353 people have been confirmed to have been arrested, compared to 373 people last year, and 313 in 2017. However the scale of the troubles at the huge event has declined since the early 2000s, when a number of people were killed.

This year’s carnival-goers have been warned to stay safe in the record-breaking bank holiday heat.

Several revellers were treated for dehydration as temperatures soared to 91.4F (33C) – thought to be the hottest Notting Hill Carnival ever – as the annual celebration opened on Sunday. 

Yesterday the giant street party fell silent for 72 seconds in memory of the 72 residents of Grenfell Tower who died when the tower block caught fire in June 2017.

The estate, near Latimer Road Tube Station, is a stone’s throw away from the carnival area and can still be seen above the west London skyline. 

 

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