Notting Hill Carnival: Man, 21, stabbed to death as cops rush to ‘several violent incidents’ at festival

A 21-YEAR-old man has been stabbed to death at Notting Hill Carnival.

Cops rushed to a West London street to find the man injured just after 8pm last night.

Cops say there have been 'serious stabbings' in Notting Hill Carnival

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Cops say there have been ‘serious stabbings’ in Notting Hill CarnivalCredit: Splash
Met Police were out in force at the carnival

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Met Police were out in force at the carnivalCredit: PA

Paramedics carried the man away from huge throngs of “challenging” carnival crowds to a waiting ambulance and he was rushed to hospital.

Despite medics best efforts, the man – who has not been named – tragically died.

The victim’s next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers as cops launch a murder probe.

News of the man’s death came after cops rushed to several “serious stabbings” and violent incidents as the carnival descended into chaos last night.

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Dr Alison Heydari, Met Police Commander of Local Policing, said: “Officers from across the Met have been working tirelessly over the past two days to ensure that all those who came to Notting Hill Carnival could enjoy the experience safely.

“It was the culmination of months of close coordination with the organisers, our local authority and emergency service partners and the community.

“The atmosphere over the past two days has been largely positive and good natured as Carnival should be.

“Regrettably, on Monday evening we saw a number of violent incidents and a 21-year-old man has lost his life.

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“Our thoughts are with his family as they come to terms with their terrible loss.

“A murder investigation is under way, led by homicide detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command.

“They will pursue every possible line of enquiry to identify those responsible and bring them to justice.

“There were hundreds of people in the immediate vicinity when this incident took place.

“I would urge anyone who saw anything, who has video footage or who has any other information that could assist officers, to come forward.”

Cops have imposed a section 60 order within the Carnival area and its borders in West London.

It started at 9.24pm last night and is in place until 1am on Tuesday.

A section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 gives a police officer the power to stop and search a person without suspicion.

The Metropolitan Police said that by 7am on Monday there had been 76 arrests for “a variety of different offences”.

Officers said a police horse died on duty during the carnival after collapsing at about 9pm on Sunday.

The force said it is too early to determine the cause of death, adding there will be an investigation.

There was also a birth at the carnival although it is not known if the mother was a local resident or visiting the spectacle.

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A London Ambulance spokesperson said: “We were called at 6.45pm on Sunday August 28 to reports of a person in labour within the footprint of Notting Hill Carnival.

“We treated an adult and baby at the scene and took them to hospital as a priority.”

Cops patrolled the carnival today

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Cops patrolled the carnival todayCredit: Splash