Notting Hill Carnival 2013: Met Police arrest 111 people on first day

Over 100 people have been arrested on the first day of the Notting Hill Carnival
The Met arrested 111 people at the festival on Sunday for offences ranging from sex attacks to grievous bodily harm (GBH).

Offences included criminal damage, possession of an offensive weapon, assaults on police officers, public order offences and drug arrests.

Chief Superintendent Mick Johnson said: “Carnival is a colourful and vibrant event attended by hundreds of thousands of people every year. The success of the event and the low crime rate do not happen by accident.

“They are the result of meticulous planning and a close working partnership with the organisers, London Notting Hill Carnival Enterprise Trust (LNHCET), which is why the Met begins to plan for carnival as soon as the previous year’s event draws to a close.

“We want to continue this success by making sure carnival is as safe as possible for everyone.”

The London Ambulance service also revealed that they treated 445 people on the first day of Europe’s biggest street festival, with 76 taken to hospital.