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Hundreds arrested during Caribbean-inspired carnival

Published:Wednesday | August 31, 2016 | 8:00 AM

LONDON (AP):

London police arrested 454 people during the two-day Notting Hill Carnival as stabbings and drug offences marred the Caribbean-inspired street party.

The Metropolitan Police reported yesterday that the arrests were the highest number in more than a decade and attributed the increase to tighter laws on psychoactive drugs, including nitrous oxide.

Authorities said there were 15 violent injuries involving a knife or a blade.

A 14-year-old boy was among those facing charges for a string of knife attacks starting Sunday. Among the wounded were three teenage boys and a 20-year-old man.

Commander Dave Musker, who was in charge of the policing operation, said that the policing ensured that the celebration was not "spoilt by a small minority" who wanted to use the distraction of the carnival to commit crimes.

Police also highlighted the creation of "an antisocial behaviour dispersal zone" and issued 47 people with notices to leave the area and not return for a set period of time.

The annual west London celebration of reggae music, steel drums and dancers evokes the neighbourhood's West Indies heritage.