Stabbing spoils 'peaceful' carnival
A man is in a serious condition in hospital after being stabbed at the Notting Hill Carnival which saw an unprecedented security police operation amid fears of trouble after rioting earlier this month.
Despite the stabbing towards the end of the event, Scotland Yard said the event was "very peaceful" as a record number of more than 6,500 police officers patrolled the streets for the carnival's second day.
The Met said the man, aged 20, was found with stab wounds to the abdomen and hand after 6pm on Ladbroke Grove and taken to a central London hospital. His condition was described as serious but stable.
Detectives have now made four arrests, three men aged 20 and one 21, in connection with the incident, and they are in custody at various London police stations.
Police are keen to trace a light-skinned black man who appears in widely-circulated pictures showing the circumstances of the incident. He was wearing a dark blue sweatshirt with a similar-coloured scarf, dark jeans and blue trainers.
Up to 8pm today there have been 132 carnival-related arrests, meaning 214 people have been arrested so far over its two days. Last year a total of 243 arrests were made at the carnival.
The festivities appear to have been largely peaceful as hundreds of thousands of revellers descended on the capital for Europe's biggest street festival. There was a larger police presence on Monday after Sunday's children's day with the number of officers on the streets increased from 5,500 to 6,500.
Police chiefs targeted troublemakers by making more than 40 pre-emptive arrests last week and agreeing an earlier finish time of 7pm for both days.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said Notting Hill's streets emptied quickly after 7pm, adding that a visible police presence would remain until the early hours to disperse any groups that are gathered.
Speaking during a visit to the carnival, London Mayor Boris Johnson defended the decision to allow the festivities despite worries about street violence following the riots.