Two people injured after bus shelter collapses with Notting Hill Carnival revellers standing on the roof

28 August 2022, 20:06 | Updated: 29 August 2022, 15:48

A bus shelter collapses with a group of Notting Hill Carnival partygoers on top
A bus shelter collapses with a group of Notting Hill Carnival partygoers on top. Picture: Alamy

By Daisy Stephens

Two people have been injured after a bus shelter roof collapsed with a group of Notting Hill Carnival revellers stood on top.

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Video footage on social media shows a group of around 10 people standing on top of a bus shelter in the Ladbroke Grove area of London.

A large crowd was gathered around them, cheering and taking videos on their phones.

The bus shelter roof then collapses.

In the video the partygoers fall to the ground, with gasps and shouts from the crowd.

The Met said two people were injured but did not require further treatment.

"We are aware of a video showing a bus shelter collapsing in #LadbrokeGrove area," said the force in a statement.

"Officers responded.

"Two people sustained minor injuries.

"They did not require further treatment."

Revellers descended on the streets of Notting Hill to mark the first carnival since 2019.

The day kicked off with members of the Emancipated Run Crew - dressed in green in tribute to those who died at Grenfell - beginning the parade and marking the official launch of Notting Hill Carnival.

Co-founder of the club Jules Stephenson said: "It (the atmosphere) is electric - everyone is so excited about carnival being back."

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Sunday, traditionally "family day", saw bright and dazzling costumes as the carnival procession made its way through Ladbroke Grove.

Crowds of young children blowing whistles danced down the streets with their parents in tow.

Millions are expected to attend the carnival over the course of the two-day festival, which has had a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

Millions of partygoers gathered for day one of the festival
Millions of partygoers gathered for day one of the festival. Picture: Alamy

Aarina Charles, 40, a nurse from Basildon, said: "I like the togetherness of the people and the mixture of the culture.

"My Caribbean music, the soca music is what I love the most."

She added: "Everybody is jovial - they are excited after coming out of lockdown after three years."

Different sound systems dotted around the streets of west London entertained the dancing crowds as revellers smiled to the booming music.

Small children standing on the doorsteps of their houses waved Jamaican flags and waved at passers-by.

Shauna Walsh, 38, who lives in Kensal Rise, said: "The atmosphere has been really uplifting and warming - it is nice to be back."

Notting Hill Carnival returned to the streets for the first time in two years
Notting Hill Carnival returned to the streets for the first time in two years. Picture: Alamy

London mayor Sadiq Khan said: "As a Londoner I'm really pleased carnival is back."

He said carnival was celebrating Caribbean culture, heritage, and history and there was a "pent up" demand for festivities this year.

He added: "We think it's going to be the biggest and best ever."

Large crowds enjoying the music on Sunday
Large crowds enjoying the music on Sunday. Picture: Alamy

But Mr Khan also warned the cost-of-living crisis had affected the carnival.

He said: "We are seeing those who want to have floats, those who want to have sound systems, pulling out because they can't afford to pay their bills."

It is the second biggest carnival in the world celebrating Caribbean culture
It is the second biggest carnival in the world celebrating Caribbean culture. Picture: Alamy

Farah Mokaddem, 32, travelled from Geneva to attend Notting Hill carnival this year.

She said: "I always wanted to go here."

She added: "The atmosphere is very animated: everyone is on their balconies and on the terrace. And people of all ages are watching as people go past."

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Paul Wright, 36, an account manager from Ealing, said: "There's a great atmosphere, everyone seems to be having a good time.

"I think there's more people here for a good time rather than any incidents."

He added that it was a "nice thing" where everyone came together and had a nice time.

Mr Wright joked: "The weather can always be better."

Over a million people are expected to attend what is considered to be the largest street event in Europe this year
Over a million people are expected to attend what is considered to be the largest street event in Europe this year. Picture: Alamy

There had been 38 arrests made by 7.30pm on Sunday, the Met said.

Five people were arrested for possession of drugs, as well as three for possession of psychoactive substances, two for criminal damage, six on public order offences, and five for possession of an offensive weapon.

There were 10 arrests for assault and two for sexual assault while one person was arrested for drink/drug driving, another for theft and three more for unspecified offences.

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