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Friday 21st November 2014
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Carnival Stabbings "Centimetres" From Murders

Tuesday 26th August 2014

Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan Howe says he is "concerned" by the number of stabbings at the Notting Hill Carnival.

Notting Hill Carnival 2014

Notting Hll Carnival 2014. Picture: PA

Three people were stabbed over the two day event and eight others received knife wounds.

Two police officers were also injured as they tried to make an arrest yesterday.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, MPS Commissioner, admitted that although crime was down on the whole the number of stabbings was up on last year - and in some cases were "just centimetres" from being murders.

"Each will be thoroughly investigated and we will do everything possible to ensure those who brought trouble to Carnival are placed before the courts," he commented.

"Our proactive operations in the days leading up to Carnival and the weekend itself were a great success and meant we were able to stop many crimes before they happened.

"Two of my officers were injured during an arrest yesterday and this shows the risks they must take. I would like to thank all the officers and support staff for their hard work in the most difficult of weather conditions. Their commitment is a major factor in ensuring the Carnival is a safe and enjoyable event for the vast majority of those attending."

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