Sadiq Khan’s London: Notting Hill Carnival Arrests Up 33 Percent This Year
400 arrests over the British bank holiday weekend
Police in London has made nearly 400 arrests over the British bank holiday weekend along with 69 weapons seized including 4 knives, acid and a taser in the Capital's world-famous Notting Hill Carnival.
The number of arrests soared by almost 33 percent compared to last year, as Sadiq Khan's London bloodbath is reflected in the festival.
Scotland yard implemented an enhanced stop and search protocol given to police and also rolled out the use of 'knife arches' for the first time in history to combat the escalating violence.
The murder rate has tripled in the last eight months as knife attacks and shootings soar to an unprecedented level.
The number of stabbings in London reached a total of 1,296 by the end of June 2018.
The death toll is now reaching 100 before September, making London on a steady course to see a higher number of homicides than the 116 recorded in 2017.
According to the DM: It comes as former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith demanded an increase in the use of stop and search to bring an end to a 'toxic cycle of serious violence' by London gangs who operate 'with impunity'.
His 148-page blueprint, which proposed a US-style crackdown on gang leaders, will heap pressure on London Mayor Sadiq Khan after the number of killings in the capital topped 100 last week.
In total 373 people were arrested by Met Police officers while a further 12 were detained by British Transport Police.
In a statement issued on Monday evening, Notting Hill Carnival Commander Dave Musker hailed the event as 'one of the best in the world' but said the festival was marred by the violent stabbing and the news that 30 police officers were injured in the line of duty.
As of 11.59pm on Monday night there were 395 arrests over the course of the weekend - 82 more than last year.
A total of 142 people were arrested for drug offences, 69 for carrying weapons, 18 for assaulting a police officer, 12 for assault and nine for sexual offences.
Scotland Yard imposed a Section 60 order across the carnival's geographical area between 9am and 11.59pm on Monday as it prepared for an increase in crime.
The order allowed officers to search people if they believe they may be carrying offensive weapons or in anticipation of violence.
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Despite the huge police presence, brazen festival-goers were pictured openly taking drugs in front of officers as they partied in the streets of west London for the second day in a row.