Police find giant zombie knife ‘abandoned on the ground’ at Notting Hill Carnival as arrests pass 100 and stop-and-search is stepped up after revellers set upon officers
- Carnival-goers have been arrested for drugs, weapons and disorder offences
- Almost 100 people have been arrested so far at the two-day Carnival
- Police have been granted powers to complete stop and searches
- Two groups of people are alleged to have been involved in an attack on Sunday
Police in London have found a giant zombie knife ‘abandoned on the ground’ after an alleged attack at Notting Hill Carnival.
More officers have been granted stop and search powers at the event after 11 officers were set upon by revellers over the weekend, and 97 arrests including drug possession and assault were recorded.
Footage from the event yesterday showed an officer on the street walking with a large black knife, while wearing protective gloves.
The officer walks past many revellers with the knife, as people continue to enjoy the carnival atmosphere.
A witness on the scene told MailOnline that the weapon had been dumped shortly after the attack which happened at around 8pm yesterday.
Police in London have found a giant zombie knife ‘abandoned on the ground’ after an alleged attack at Notting Hill Carnival
More officers have been granted stop and search powers at the event after 11 officers were set upon by revellers over the weekend, and 97 arrests including drug possession and assault were recorded
Of the offences recorded from the carnival so far, 41 were for alleged drugs offences, 12 alleged assaults on police officers, 10 alleged public order offences, nine for possession of an offensive weapon, three for actual bodily harm and assaults and another two cases of grievous bodily harm
He added that there had been two men, one of which had been carrying the machete.
The police arrived and two groups of people separated, with one group going into a nearby house.
It is not yet known whether anyone has been arrested following the incident.
So far nearly 100 people have been arrested at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival. Among those arrested there were 12 suspected of assaulting a police officer after 11 were injured on duty on Sunday.
Nine were detained on suspicion of having an offensive weapon and 41 for drug offences.
A carnival-goer is pictured in handcuffs being taken away by police officers after dark on Sunday in Notting Hill, west London
Nearly 100 people have been arrested so far at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival
There were also three suspected sexual offences, one robbery and one case of suspected criminal damage.
Police patrolling the event in west London have been given extra powers to stop and search carnival-goers after a surge in ‘incidents of violence’ in the capital in recent weeks.
A section 60 order has been put in place for the area of the carnival and parts of Harrow Road, Scotland Yard said.
Notting Hill Carnival gold commander Dave Musker said the order was granted because of ‘incidents of violence’ across London in recent days.
What were people arrested for at Notting Hill Carnival?
Assault on police: 12
Criminal damage: 1
Public order offences: 10
Offensive weapons: 9
Drug offences: 41
Sexual offences: 3
ABH/ common assault 3
He added: ‘I have not made this decision lightly but it is the police’s job to ensure the security of all those planning to attend this event.’
Near to a million people are expected at the carnival on Sunday and Monday.
Last year police arrested 373 people, compared with 313 in 2017.
On Sunday alone, police arrested 133 party-goers – 36 more than this year.
In 2018, 30 officers were injured after being hit, bitten and spat at over the course of two days.
Last year officers seized 69 weapons including 49 knives, acid and a taser.
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.
Police are seen helping someone collapsed on the floor in Notting Hill on Sunday night
Another carnival-goer is pictured on the floor as police dealt with incidents across the Notting Hill area on Sunday evening