At least 313 people have been arrested following the Notting Hill Carnival, the Metropolitan Police has revealed.

The annual two-day festival takes place on the streets of Notting Hill and Ladbroke Grove over the August bank holiday weekend.

Sunday (August 27) is known as "family day" at the carnival, and on the day police made 122 arrests, mostly for drug related offences.

The figure is up from the 106 people arrested on day one of the festival in 2016.

The figure includes eight arrests for possession of weapons, 10 common assault arrests and nine public order arrests.

An estimated two million people attended the two-day festival which celebrates Caribbean culture

At least a further 191 people were arrested on bank holiday Monday (August 28) as the carnival wrapped up, including 50 arrests for possession of an offensive weapon or pointed or bladed article.

Over the weekend, a total of 28 police officers were injured with six arrests made on Sunday and a further 12 made on Monday in relation to those incidents.

Police also made nine sexual offence arrests on Sunday and six more on Monday and seized a number of weapons, including knives, pepper spray, batons and a hammer during the two days.

They also arrested five people for grievous bodily harm and six people for actual bodily harm and assault on Monday.

Several weapons were seized and the majority of arrests were made for drug possession

An estimated two million people attended the carnival, which celebrates Caribbean culture and has been held in the area since 1966.

Chart-topping rapper Stormzy recently hit out at Metropolitan Police after it linked a drugs haul in Catford with the carnival, which is the biggest street party in Europe.

On August 22, the Met Police tweeted: "In the run up to Notting Hill Carnival officers have this morning seized what is believed to be a kilo of uncut heroin in Catford."

Police have come under criticism from the public over linking the festival with crime

A Twitter user responded to the Met Police: "Catford is about 12 miles away from Notting Hill, in a different borough and takes about an hour to get to on the tube? So the link is?"

The man in charge of policing the carnival, David Musker, said he was "unapologetic" over his efforts to keep the public safe.

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He added: "I don't really care what we arrest them for. I'll be lawfully audacious, as I can, to get them off the streets.

"So whether they've got heroin, or they've got other class A drugs, drug dealing, serious violence takes place at carnival, we will try and target them and get them off the streets."

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