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Notting Hill Carnival ends with 440 arrests over United Kingdom bank holiday weekend

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"It's excellent! We are loving the free spirit of everyone and we have all been dancing", said Annuar Aziz, a 41-year-old businessman from Malaysia who stumbled on the event by accident with his wife and four children.

Festivities at Europe's biggest street party were marred by more than 300 arrests across the two day event - many relating to drugs and offensive weapons.

Thousands more partygoers are expected to head to the second and final day of the Notting Hill Carnival.

While a parade of dancers on colourful floats snaked its way through west London, police were busy making hundreds of arrests.

About 240 people were arrested over the two-day festival.

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

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Police said there were four incidents involving people being stabbed, two of which involved teenagers.

A performer dances with police during the Notting Hill Carnival in London August 29, 2016.

Lily Allen was pictured slumped over her boyfriend's shoulder after collapsing during a boozy session at Notting Hill Carnival.

Last year's carnival involved more than 400 arrests and significant violence, including assaults on 21 police and a near-fatal stabbing.

169 arrests were made due to the alleged possession of drugs and under the new Psychoactive Substances Act related to nitrous oxide, 38 arrests were made. This year police have deployed a 7000-strong force to keep the peace.

At the roots of the Notting Hill Carnival are the Caribbean carnivals of the early 19th century - a particularly strong tradition in Trinidad - which were all about celebrating the abolition of slavery and the slave trade. Police presence is not always appreciated at the event, with the 2008 carnival ending in a street riot as a result, after authorities seized various risky weapons such as a Taser gun.

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