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Terrifying moment thug with machete goes on rampage at Notting Hill Carnival

Youths armed with machetes run through Notting Hill Carnival

Footage from the Notting Hill Carnival shows the horrifying moment crowds fled from a machete-wielding thug.

Footage shows a gang with one person waving a machete and charging at people during the celebrations over the bank holiday weekend.

Crowds parted as the thugs, dressed in black and wearing balaclavas, disrupted the festival in the heart of London.

The release of the footage comes after it was revealed that around 75 police officers were targeted in violent attacks.

The incidents have been branded as “absolutely disgusting” by the Metropolitan Police Federation.

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Six of the officers were bitten, one was hospitalised, and another was sexually assaulted.

Police said the last day of the festival was marred by serious violence.

They added that a 29-year-old man was in a critical condition after being stabbed near Kensal Green, but it has not been confirmed whether it was a police officer or a civilian.

Nearby, a 19-year-old man was stabbed in Ladbroke Grove just before 8pm. He remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

Six other men between the ages of 18 and 40 were also stabbed in separate incidents across the festival, but their injuries have all been described as non-life threatening.

On Tuesday evening, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: “We are aware of a video shared online which shows a male assaulting another male while armed with a large knife.

“Officers are investigating and will continue to work closely with partners to prevent this type of crime taking place at Carnival.”

Around 275 arrests were made over the two days of carnival. On Sunday alone, there were reportedly 110 arrests for offences from possession of offensive weapons and drugs to sexual offences.

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Deputy Assistant Commissioner Ade Adelekan, who led the policing operation, said: “It is regrettable that for a second year in a row, Monday night at Carnival has been marred by serious violence.

“Nobody disputes the significance of Carnival on London’s cultural calendar and the overwhelming majority of those who came will have had a positive experience.

“However, we cannot overlook the stabbings, sexual assaults and attacks on police officers that we have seen.

“As we do following any major operation, we will be reviewing the events of the past two days and giving thorough consideration to what may need to change in future years.”

He added: “It is important to recognise the positives that we can take away from the event.  I am pleased that by working in close partnership with the event organisers and the stewarding teams.

“We were able to closely monitor crowd density and intervene in an effective way to prevent any incidents of crushing at peak times. I would like to thank all the officers who have worked so hard over the weekend to keep people safe.

“Carnival is a challenging policing environment. Officers were asked to be vigilant and alert but to be approachable, respectful and sensitive at the same time.

“They did all of that and more and they deserve our recognition and our thanks.”

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