Shocking picture of knife-wielding man running from scene of Notting Hill stabbing
Undeterred by police officers stood just a few feet away, a knife-wielding man flees as a Notting Hill Carnival-goer stands bleeding in the street.
With blood soaking through his T-shirt, the victim stands frozen with pain as the man carrying the knife runs away, brazenly dodging a passer-by’s attempt to trip him up.
The 20-year-old victim suffered stab wounds to the abdomen and hand in the attack just after 6pm last night as London’s two-day extravaganza drew to a close.
Moments after this dramatic image was taken, the victim collapsed against a wall in a pool of blood as police battled to save his life.
Paramedics treated him at the scene before he was rushed to a central London hospital for emergency treatment, where his condition was last night described as serious but stable.
Four men were arrested near the scene of the attack and were last night being questioned on suspicion of inflicting grievous bodily harm, Scotland Yard said.
However, the man holding the knife in the photograph managed to escape and police were last night appealing for help to track him down.
The stabbing marred what had otherwise been a relatively peaceful carnival weekend, despite fears of disorder in the wake of the riots and looting which rocked the capital earlier this month.
The attack, which took place on Ladbroke Grove, west London – on the carnival route itself – came despite record numbers of police monitoring Europe’s biggest street festival.
More than 16,000 officers were deployed across the capital with 6,500 dedicated to the Notting Hill area alone yesterday, where they made a total of 245 arrests over the weekend for a variety of offences ranging from drugs possession to robbery. The force also made 40 pre-emptive arrests last week aimed at averting potential disorder. Last year a total of 243 arrests were made.
Scotland Yard said officers had uncovered plans to cause disruption to the carnival on the internet and had been closely monitoring social networking sites including Facebook and Twitter.
The Metropolitan Police was granted tougher powers to stop and search, and remove masks from suspected troublemakers over the weekend, while officers were also using metal detectors to catch those carrying knives.
Following the recent riots in London, the event was only allowed to go ahead on the condition that it finish at 7pm – earlier than in previous years.
Speaking during a visit to the carnival, London Mayor Boris Johnson said: "I thought it was very important that we should go ahead. Obviously there was quite a few people who wrote to me saying 'for heaven's sake, scrap it'.
"But we said 'no, that would be wrong, because that would be an admission of defeat, if you like, after what happened earlier in the month'."