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Five arrested over Notting Hill Carnival stabbing

Five people, including a teenager, have been arrested over a stabbing incident on the last day of London’s Notting Hill Carnival.

British police officers stand on duty during the children day of Notting Hill Carnival in London, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011.
British police officers stand on duty during the children day of Notting Hill Carnival in London, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011.
Image: AP Photo/Sang Tan

FIVE PEOPLE, including a 16-year-old boy, have been arrested in connection with the stabbing of a man on the second day of the Notting Hill Carnival in London.

The teenager was arrested on suspicion of assault and is being held in custody along with four men in their early 20s, according to police.

The victim, a 20-year-old man, suffered stab wounds to the stomach and hand at about 6pm in Ladbroke Grove on Monday, the Guardian reports. He is reportedly in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

The victim was one of 86 people to be brought to hospital during the two-day festival, which celebrates Caribbean culture. Last year 117 people were brought to hospital, the BBC reports.

A heavy police presence was deployed at this year’s street festival following the recent riots in London.

London Mayor Boris Johnson said that he was determined that the festival, which the biggest in Europe, would go ahead this year despite the recent unrest in the city. “Obviously there were quite a few people who wrote to me saying ‘for heaven’s sake, scrap it’. But we said ‘no, that would be wrong, because that would be an admission of defeat,” he said.

Read: Extra police on the streets for London’s Notting Hill carnival>

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