Four stabbed at Children's Day Parade of Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival 2016 Children's Day. A little girl wearing a white party dress and red trainers dances in the street to a busking band. Photo / Getty
Notting Hill Carnival 2016 Children's Day. A little girl wearing a white party dress and red trainers dances in the street to a busking band. Photo / Getty

Two 15-year-old boys and a 16-year-old are among four people stabbed at the Children's Day Parade of the Notting Hill Carnival in London.

Four stabbings took place on the first day of the annual event celebrating Afro-Caribbean culture in London's west that is traditionally a family-orientated event.

The three teens along with a 20-year-old man, who was also stabbed, were taken to hospital in a critical condition which was later deemed to be non-life threatening.

More than 100 arrests were made at the event that is expected to attract up to one million people over two days during the August bank holiday weekend.

Many shops, homes and business board up ahead of the carnival to prevent damage. Photo / Getty
Many shops, homes and business board up ahead of the carnival to prevent damage. Photo / Getty

Nearly one quarter of the arrests were for possession of a bladed weapon while 74 were for drug offences.

The London Ambulance Service also reported more than 411 people had been treated, 77 of whom were taken to hospital.

The colourful annual parade was started in 1966 by West Indian immigrants to the area after race riots in 1958. Huge swathes of the suburb are blocked off over two days to make way for food stalls, bars and carnival trucks with sound systems pumping from the back.

However the carnival also has a reputation for being marred by violence on the fringes. This year, London's Met police debuted a facial recognition technology system to identify offenders.

That's in conjunction with their elite team of "super recognisers" monitoring the crowd from CCTV to scan for those banned from the event.

Met Police Carnival spokeswoman Superintendent Robyn Williams said: "The technology involves the use of overt cameras which scan the faces of those passing by and flag up potential matches against a database of custody images.

"The database has been populated with images of individuals who are forbidden from attending carnival, as well as individuals wanted by police who it is believed may attend carnival to commit offences."

Check out some of the best pictures from the event below.

A general view of the crowd at Notting Hill Carnival on August 29, 2016 in London, England. Photo / Getty
A general view of the crowd at Notting Hill Carnival on August 29, 2016 in London, England. Photo / Getty
A police officer dances with a group of performers during the Notting Hill Carnival on August 29, 2016 in London, England. Photo / Getty
A police officer dances with a group of performers during the Notting Hill Carnival on August 29, 2016 in London, England. Photo / Getty
Revellers start the day's celebrations as Notting Hill Carnival begins. Photo / Getty
Revellers start the day's celebrations as Notting Hill Carnival begins. Photo / Getty
A barman has a drink behind a pop-up bar at the Notting Hill Carnival. Photo / Getty
A barman has a drink behind a pop-up bar at the Notting Hill Carnival. Photo / Getty
A dog wearing a Jamaican flag lays on the floor during the Notting Hill Carnival. Photo / Getty
A dog wearing a Jamaican flag lays on the floor during the Notting Hill Carnival. Photo / Getty
Performers take part in the Notting Hill Carnival. Photo / Getty
Performers take part in the Notting Hill Carnival. Photo / Getty

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