Police arrest more than 270 at London carnival

AP News
Posted: Aug 30, 2011 4:44 AM
Police arrest more than 270 at London carnival

Police say about 274 people were arrested during London's Notting Hill Carnival, Europe's largest street festival _ a similar number to the previous year, despite worries of major disturbances following England's riots.

London's Metropolitan Police said on Monday they had arrested 245 people during the two-day event in west London, while British Transport Police said they detained 31 people.

Police deployed hundreds of extra officers at the event following four days of riots in London and other major cities earlier this month.

The carnival celebrates Caribbean culture and attracts about 1 million people with its mix of flamboyant dancers, rousing steel bands and booming outdoor sound systems.

Last year, police arrested 270 people at the event.