Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Carnival revellers enjoy sunshine

Notting Hill Carnival revellers enjoyed fine weather on Monday
Notting Hill Carnival revellers enjoyed fine weather on Monday

Plumes, bikinis and fantastical costumes in tropical colours were out in force as revellers enjoyed an outbreak of blue skies and sunshine at the Notting Hill Carnival.

Revellers made the most of a respite from recent dismal weather to enjoy the final day of Europe's biggest street festival with thousands lining the streets in west London to watch the parade.

The rain-free event on Monday contrasted with afternoon showers on Sunday when crowds of more than 400,000 lined the three-and-a-half mile route to watch the first day of the festival.

Scotland Yard said the total number of arrests was 207, including 18 for possession of class A drugs.

Police also responded to two stabbings, which resulted in minor injuries.

The Met's status dogs unit also seized two pit bull-type dogs and one Staffordshire-type animal at the carnival.

London Ambulance Service said they had dealt with 264 casualties as of 11pm on Sunday night with 52 taken to hospital and the rest classified as minor injuries.

An estimated 5,000 officers were patrolling the event, helping to secure the parade route.

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