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Violence mars Notting Hill Carnival

By Hayden Smith

Two police officers were hurt as violence overshadowed the second day of the Notting Hill Carnival.

A male PC (33) was taken to hospital after being attacked while trying to make an arrest during the event in West London.

He was found in Lancaster Road at the junction with St Luke's Road at around 3.15pm with injuries to the head and torso.

A Met Police spokesman said: "The officer was on duty at the location for the Notting Hill Carnival when he was alerted to suspected drug dealing.

"He was assaulted when attempting to arrest the individual."

His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Meanwhile, colleagues came under attack when they came to help him, and a 35-year-old woman officer suffered injuries to her torso. She has been released from hospital, Scotland Yard said.

A man has been arrested for affray.

Meanwhile, the Met said it activated special stop and search powers across the Carnival between 7pm and 2am last night after a spate of violent incidents.

The force said the commander in charge of the policing operation decided to impose Section 60 and Section 60AA orders

Officers can conduct searches under the powers whether or not they suspect the subject to have been involved in wrongdoing.

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