Thousands braved the weather to enjoy the colour and spectacle of what was a predominantly trouble free Notting Hill Carnival over the bank holiday weekend and the police played their part in keeping people safe.
A combination of proactive policing and crime prevention advice saw recorded crime down against the same time last year and intelligence-led policing targeted those people believed to be coming to Carnival to commit crime.
A total of 407 people were arrested at Carnival over the period of the weekend, the highest number of arrests in more than a decade. People were arrested for a variety of offences ranging from possession of an offensive weapon and assault, to theft and drugs offences.
Officers arrested 57 people for possession of knives or bladed articles as well as recovering a number of knives during weapons sweeps, activity that will undoubtedly have prevented harm and saved lives.
An anti-social behaviour dispersal zone was also introduced for the first time at this year’s event and 134 people were issued with dispersal notices, meaning they had to leave the area.
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