Seven people were stabbed at Notting Hill Carnival on Monday evening, police say

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Police at the scene following a fatal stabbing at Notting Hill Carnival (Kirsty O’Connor/PA) (PA Wire)
Police at the scene following a fatal stabbing at Notting Hill Carnival (Kirsty O’Connor/PA) (PA Wire)

Seven people were stabbed at the Notting Hill Carnival on Monday evening, in what organisers have called “horrifying behaviour”.

They included Takayo Nembhard who was stabbed to death under the Westway flyover close to Ladbroke Grove station at around 8pm.

Figures released by the Metropolitan Police on Tuesday revealed six other stabbings on Monday evening resulted in non-fatal injuries.

A total of 441 people were stopped and searched across the two days, the figures released by police on carnival showed.

At least 74 officers were injured after many were assaulted by revellers, police said.

21-year-old rapper Nembhard, who used the moniker TKorStretch, had travelled from Bristol to enjoy the annual event that saw millions attend over the Bank Holiday.

His manager Chris Patrick paid tribute on Twitter, writing: “He went to Carnival with his younger sister and friends to have a good time.

“This is the worst possible ending for a talented kid.”

Notting Hill Carnival organisers said they are “deeply saddened by the tragic events that happened”.

A Tweet on Tuesday night read: “Our thoughts are with the loved ones of those affected. We reject utterly this horrifying behaviour and urge anyone with information to contact the Metropolitan Police.”

Organisers said the weekend had been “celebratory and unifying”.

The violence marred an otherwise successful return for the event.

The two-day carnival, which started on Sunday and is back after being axed two years in a row because of the pandemic, is thought to have attracted two million fans.

Crowds turned the area into a sea of colour on Sunday and yesterday for the world-famous festival, which was first held in 1966 and is a celebration of the history of Caribbean culture and identity.

Celebrities including singer Alexandra Burke also joined in the parade in feathered wings.

Rita Ora also posted a picture of herself watching the fun from a rooftop.