Notting Hill Carnival hailed a success as crime falls

Dancers at the carnival on the first day Dancers took part in a three-and-a-half-mile parade

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Notting Hill Carnival has been described as a success by police who said crime fell by a third this year.

Figures from the Metropolitan Police showed 230 people were arrested, but reported crime fell by 31% compared with last year.

More than one million people attended the three-day street festival in west London, police said.

There were several arrests on Monday night after bottles and other missiles were thrown at officers.

But Ch Insp Jo Edwards said the event had been largely trouble-free and for the fourth year there were no firearms incidents.

He said: "Most carnival-goers had a fantastic time, with the large part of the bank holiday weekend passing without serious incident.

"However, as we have seen in previous years, last night saw some people determined to try and ruin it for others who simply wanted to enjoy a day out at Europe's largest carnival."

Clean-up operation

In addition to the arrests made by the Met, British Transport Police arrested 53 people.

Throughout the carnival, London Ambulance Service staff dealt with 549 casualties, of whom 41 were taken to hospital. The rest were treated for minor injuries.

In the four weeks running up to the event more than 100 people were arrested, and large quantities of weapons and drugs taken off the streets, under operation Razorback.

Teams of street cleaners and refuse vehicles worked through Monday night as part of the clean-up operation which was expected to last until midday on Tuesday.

Westminster council said more than 100 tonnes of waste was collected by its team of 170 cleaners in a record time of three hours and 16 minutes - 25 minutes quicker than last year.

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