Backup had to be called in the form of fully armoured riot police, who baton charged the black mob before order was restored.
Witnesses described a war zone. One witness said: It was a full-scale riot. Bottles were flying everywhere. Carnival-goers and police officers were bloodied. A policewoman was carried off unconscious.
Another had a two-inch gash above his eye. He was staggering and supported by two colleagues. The mob werent scared. They were running towards the police who were chanting one, two, three and charging them. It was like a war zone. I havent seen anything like it at the carnival since the early Nineties. It reminded me of the Brixton riots.
The 488 arrests were for offences ranging from assault, possessing an offensive weapon, drunk driving and theft, to public order and drugs. Even this figure is still being revised upwards.
Arrests for some of the more serious offences included: 59 for drug offences, 25 for carrying an offensive weapon, 40 public order offences, 18 for assault, 11 for theft, seven for drunken behaviour, two sexual offences and two for robbery.
Specialist dog liaison officers impounded 19 dogs under the Dangerous Dogs Act. Black gangs in London have increasingly taken to using dogs as attack weapons.
A teen was stabbed twice in the upper back after 10 to 12 youths chased him like a pack of animals in Clifford Gardens in the final hours of the carnival. The stabbed teenager had been chased by a gang of black youths just yards from where City lawyer Tom ap Rhys Price, 31, was stabbed to death in a robbery by black youths two years ago.
Melissa Johnson, 18, said: I heard people screaming and swearing so I came outside. He was lying on the ground on his back with his head on the side. There was blood all on his face.
Engineer Robert Dowdy, 40, said: They chased him up the road like a pack of dogs, yelling and screaming. They were kicking and punching and swinging at him. There were two stab wounds on his upper back.
Chief Inspector Jo Edwards praised proactive policing, including stop and search tactics, as authorities sought to avoid a repeat of the shootings and stabbings which had dogged previous years. Last year, two teenagers were shot, while two men were murdered in 2000, and memories of riots in 1976 linger.
Chief Inspector Edwards said: The number of arrests is up on last year, but that is predominantly because of proactive policing. Police used stop-and-search tactics throughout the carnival and metal detectors at tube station entry points to catch potential criminals.
Tory London Mayor Boris Johnson said: As a former resident of Ladbroke Grove, I have watched the Notting Hill Carnival go from strength to strength each year to become an internationally acclaimed event. Nothing beats the sounds of the steel pans, the aroma of delicious Caribbean food and the dazzling colours of the costume parade.
Now the reason you will only hear Richards voice, is made clear at
the start of his question, when the overpaid and clearly overfed enricher
of Our Country, chairing the meeting informs him that the cameras
will be turned off unless he removes his Mothers Against Knifes T-Shirt.
You will rage at the response of the Mayor of London revealing his
complete lack of ability and respect for the position he occupies
and you will, I guarantee you, have your resolve stiffened to overthrow
the rodents of City Hall as you hear their laughter, which is their
response to the serious questions raised by a real hero.
You will see Boris arrogantly putting Richard Barnbrook down and the others ganging up on him whlie he gives actual facts not prejudices like them. The councillors are typical - combative, go along with anything fashionable but not very bright. Boris is intelligent and sharpe but biased in favour of the carnival and against Richard Barnbrook.
"Ideas are more dangerous than guns, we don't let our people
have guns, why would we let them have ideas?"
In the 2008 London Mayoral elections, there were "allegedly" 460,000 spoilt ballot papers, and thus NOT counted. Plus, it was barely mentioned by Political Correspondent 'Pippa Crerar' in the London Evening Standard, Friday 2nd May, page 4, that prior to the official count, 350 or 50 % of the ballot boxes were already open ! Contact ... BNP Whistleblowers
Peter Mandelson, Labour's European Trade Commissioner once said:
If what you have read above does not frighten you, and motivate you
to openly question, then you deserve what is being done
to you, with worse to come in the
very near future !