Police in London found a giant zombie knife ‘abandoned on the ground’ after a large fight broke out at Notting Hill Carnival.
Officers arrived at the alleged attack at around 7pm on Sunday, only for the group to disperse, leaving the huge weapon behind at the scene. It is now being forensically examined.
Footage from the event yesterday showed an officer on Bruce Close, Ladbroke Grove walking with a large black knife, while wearing protective gloves.
The officer walks past many revellers with the knife, as people continue to enjoy the carnival atmosphere.
Police arrested 353 people across both days of Notting Hill Carnival, with almost half the arrests drug-related. Scotland Yard said 242 arrests were carried out on Monday, with 111 arrests the previous day.
Police in London found a giant zombie knife ‘abandoned on the ground’ after an alleged attack at Notting Hill Carnival
Police arrested 353 people across both days of Notting Hill Carnival, with almost half the arrests drug-related
Officers lead a man away from the Notting Hill Carnival during celebrations yesterday
A police officer gives directions to a security guard carrying a dancer during the the Notting Hill Carnival
A witness on the scene told MailOnline that the weapon had been dumped shortly after the attack which happened at around 8pm yesterday.
No arrests have been made in relation to the weapon.
Commander Dave Musker said: ‘The seizure of this dangerous weapon was one of several incidents and pieces of intelligence which led me to authorise a Section 60 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act authority for the Carnival footprint today.
‘I have been very clear these orders are not used without detailed analysis of intelligence and where appropriate and proportionate. Had my officers not intervened in this incident, I have no doubt this weapon would have been used to inflict serious injury.
A man with a bloodied face walks away from the Carnival with police
Police officers watch over the crowds of revelers during the Carnival on Monday
‘This seizure provides Carnival goers and the wider public an insight into my decision to authorise a Section 60. The use of this authority should provide reassurance to communities that we are constantly working to keep them safe and should send a clear message to those intent on bringing weapons to Carnival, that we will do everything in our power to stop them and arrest them. I want to emphasise that Section 60 is used as a preventative power.
‘I am personally keeping this order under constant review, and when I believe it is no longer proportionate, it will cease.’
He added that there had been two men, one of which had been carrying the machete.
The police arrived and two groups of people separated, with one group going into a nearby house.
Metropolitan Police have implemented a Section 60 Criminal Justice and Public Order authority across the Notting Hill Carnival area and areas of Harrow Road, with stop and search powers in force until 23.59pm on Monday
A carnival-goer is pictured in handcuffs being taken away by police officers after dark on Sunday in Notting Hill, west London
More than 350 people were arrested during this year’s Carnival. Pictured is a man confronting police (left) and a woman being helped away
A section 60 order was put in place for the area of the carnival and parts of Harrow Road, Scotland Yard said.
Notting Hill Carnival gold commander Dave Musker said the order was granted because of ‘incidents of violence’ across London in recent days.
He added: ‘I have not made this decision lightly but it is the police’s job to ensure the security of all those planning to attend this event.’
Near to a million people attended the event on Sunday and Monday.
What were people arrested for at Notting Hill Carnival?
The breakdown of the 352 arrests was:
37 x Assault police
2 x Drink drive
2 x Criminal damage
31 x Public order
34 x Offensive weapons
10 x Theft
162 x Drugs
10 x Sexual offences
5 x Robbery
5 x GBH14 x ABH/ Common assault
40 x Other
Source: Met Police
Last year police arrested 373 people, compared with 313 in 2017.
On Sunday alone, police arrested 133 party-goers – 36 more than this year.
In 2018, 30 officers were injured after being hit, bitten and spat at over the course of two days.
Last year officers seized 69 weapons including 49 knives, acid and a taser.
This is while Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council yesterday launched a clean up operation following the event.
In a statement Cllr Cem Kemahli, Lead Member for Environment, Kensington and Chelsea Council, said: ‘The incredible work of the teams through the night mean 300 tonnes of Carnival litter is removed from our streets, mostly by using shovels and sheer hard work. None of the waste goes to landfill and we recycle all we can.’
This year’s carnival-goers were warned to stay safe in the record-breaking bank holiday heat.
Several revellers were treated for dehydration as temperatures soared to 91.4F (33C) – thought to be the hottest Notting Hill Carnival ever – as the annual celebration opened on Sunday.
Yesterday the giant street party fell silent for 72 seconds in memory of the 72 residents of Grenfell Tower who died when the tower block caught fire in June 2017.
The estate, near Latimer Road Tube Station, is a stone’s throw away from the carnival area and can still be seen above the west London skyline.
Police are seen helping someone collapsed on the floor in Notting Hill on Sunday night
Another carnival-goer is pictured on the floor as police dealt with incidents across the Notting Hill area on Sunday evening
Kensington and Chelsea Borough council have issued a before-and-after photo of one of the streets littered by revellers at Notting Hill Carnival