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More than 50 arrested in Notting Hill Carnival crackdown

More than 50 people were arrested at Notting Hill Carnival yesterday as Scotland Yard faced its biggest public order test since the riots.

More than 5,500 police officers took to the streets as revellers descended on the capital for Europe's biggest street festival.

It is expected more than a million people will attend the two-day event.

As of 8pm last night, 53 arrests had been made for a variety of offences including drugs possession, public order, theft, criminal damage, robbery and assault, the Met Police said.

An unprecedented security operation has seen record numbers of police officers on duty, with London's reputation at stake in the wake of widespread violence and looting earlier this month.

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