Notting Hill Carnage: Thug punches woman in the face in shocking video from carnival


A thug was filmed brutally punching a woman to the ground as a brawl broke out on the chaotic final day of the Notting Hill Carnival – described by a former Scotland Yard commander as often being rife with ‘gangs settling scores’.

Video shows the woman arguing with fellow revellers before being grabbed by her hair and thrown off the pavement and onto the street. She is then confronted by a man, who yells and wags his finger at her.

She then slaps him, before he retaliates with a hefty punch to the face that knocks her to the road.

The video, which was shared on Twitter during the final day of the event, depicts one of many violent encounters that took place at the world-famous two-day festival held every year in west London.

Ex-Scotland Yard commander Roy Ramm said today that the Carnival tends to be ‘safe for most people’ but also warned it typically ‘degenerates’ into gang violence on the final day.

The Met Police has confirmed officers made 209 arrests at the event, including 46 for assault. At least 34 officers were assaulted at this year’s festival, that also had what is believed to be its first murder since 2004.

Footballer-turned rapper Takayo Nembhard, 21, was today named as the victim of a fatal stabbing at 8pm on Ladbroke Grove, after travelling from Bristol to enjoy the party among thousands of revellers.

A Notting Hill Carnival fan punched a woman to the ground as a brawl broke out during the final day of the festival, which police say 'always seems to degenerate'

A Notting Hill Carnival fan punched a woman to the ground as a brawl broke out during the final day of the festival, which police say ‘always seems to degenerate’

Video showed how the woman slapped the man across the face before he retaliates with a punch to the face that knocked her to the asphalt

Video showed how the woman slapped the man across the face before he retaliates with a punch to the face that knocked her to the asphalt

Revellers cheered as the brawl broke out at Notting Hill Carnival on Monday evening, video has revealed.

‘Yeah!’ a bystander who filmed the fight was heard yelling as the woman was pulled from the group by her hair.

The videographer oohed and aahed, saying ‘oh my gawd’ as she watched the woman slap the man.

However, when he retaliated with a punch the reveller screamed: ‘No, no, no, no! No way! No f*****g way.’

The woman was helped up off the ground by another woman, presumably a friend, as the man was pulled away by a group of men.

It is unclear if the woman was injured during the incident or if either party involved face charges.

The woman was involved in a dispute with other revellers when she was grabbed by her hair and tossed onto the street

The woman was involved in a dispute with other revellers when she was grabbed by her hair and tossed onto the street

She was then confronted by a man, who is seemingly yelling and finger wagging at her.

She was then confronted by a man, who is seemingly yelling and finger wagging at her.

The woman slaps the man across the face before he retaliates with a punch to the face that knocked her to the asphalt

The woman slaps the man across the face before he retaliates with a punch to the face that knocked her to the asphalt

Another reveller screamed 'no, no, no, no! No way! No f*****g way' as she fell to the ground. The woman was helped up off the ground by another woman, presumably a friend, as the man was pulled away by a group of men. It is unclear if she was injured

Another reveller screamed ‘no, no, no, no! No way! No f*****g way’ as she fell to the ground. The woman was helped up off the ground by another woman, presumably a friend, as the man was pulled away by a group of men. It is unclear if she was injured

More than 200 people were arrested at the festival this year, which police ‘dread policing’ because of the violence which historically heightens on the final day of the event.

‘For most people it is safe. We saw a good day on Sunday,’ former top cop Roy Ramm told LBC on Tuesday morning.

‘Yesterday for most of the day it was a safe place and well policed. Police have learned a great deal over many years about how to police the carnival. 

Former top cop Roy Ramm (pictured in 2017) said Notting Hill Carnival is 'safe for most people' but noted 'there is a time, always on the last day it seems, that it degenerates'

Former top cop Roy Ramm (pictured in 2017) said Notting Hill Carnival is ‘safe for most people’ but noted ‘there is a time, always on the last day it seems, that it degenerates’

‘But there is a time, always on the last day it seems, that it degenerates. 

‘The drug sellers, the gangs, seem to reject the spirit of carnival and take the opportunity to settle scores, to mark out territory and bring out the knives. 

‘It is a tragedy, a tragedy for the family of the young man who died and a tragedy for the people of Notting Hill.’

Mr Ramm noted the festival, which first debuted five decades ago, has evolved over the years into an opportunity for ‘young men’ to insight violence.

‘It started out as a spontaneous event many years ago and police have joined into it, danced with the revellers,’ he said. ‘There were 7,000 police officers there on the day – will 14,000 make any difference? 

‘The trouble is, these young men, and it is young men, they want to fight, mark out their territory and sell their drugs. They are determined to wreck it in the evenings. I think it is for the community to reject this. 

‘These young men have all got families and it is time that the families step in themselves and exert more pressure to stop their kids going out with knives.’

Mr Ramm also claimed it is hard for officers to ‘do anything other than they are doing now.’

Met Police echoed Mr Ramm’s claims, saying they ‘dread policing it.’

‘Every year our brave officers come under attack at this event. Colleagues dread policing it. And yet nothing changes,’ the force tweeted. ‘Sad to report at least 34 Metropolitan Police officers were assaulted at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival.’

Cambridge Gardens in Notting Hill overnight
Cambridge Gardens in Notting Hill overnight

A before-and-after view of Cambridge Gardens in Notting Hill overnight as council teams cleared the streets

Rubbish covers the streets next to a police cordon the morning after Notting Hill Carnival in West London today

Rubbish covers the streets next to a police cordon the morning after Notting Hill Carnival in West London today

Ladbroke Grove in Notting Hill overnight
Ladbroke Grove in Notting Hill overnight

A before-and-after view of Ladbroke Grove in Notting Hill overnight as council teams cleared the streets

Crowds pictured near a police van as the Notting Hill Carnival in West London comes to an end on Monday evening

Crowds pictured near a police van as the Notting Hill Carnival in West London comes to an end on Monday evening

Meantime, police detectives revealed there had been ‘a number of violent incidents and serious stabbings’ at this year’s festival.

Officers are still hunting for a knifeman who stabbed a 21-year-old man to death at the Notting Hill Carnival on Monday night.

Officers gave the man first aid until paramedics arrived after the stabbing on Ladbroke Grove under the Westway flyover at 8pm, and he was taken to an ambulance ‘through significant crowds in challenging circumstances’.

The victim, who has not yet been named, was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. Met Police said his next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

Witness Brian Stovell told the Evening Standard of the graphic scenes, saying: ‘I knew by the amount of blood that he wasn’t going to make it. Most people in the crowd were caught up in the movement and vibe of the carnival.’

He also described efforts to try to save the man, adding: ‘There was one woman putting on surgical gloves but she was a civilian. And another woman in distress was in the circle – it looked like she had been with him.’

The newspaper also reported that as officers tried to hold the crowd back from where the man was being given first aid, a woman could be heard shouting through the police line: ‘He’s just a child. Why would they do that?’ 

As police continued to investigate, they appealed on Tuesday for any witnesses to come forward with video footage or other information, saying there were ‘hundreds of people in the immediate vicinity when this incident took place’. 

At 9.30pm, police activated special powers within the area under a Section 60 order which allowed them to stop and search a person without suspicion for ‘dangerous instruments and offensive weapons’ until 1am Tuesday morning. 

Police at the scene on Ladbroke Grove in West London Tuesday morning, after a 21-year-old man was stabbed to death last night

Police at the scene on Ladbroke Grove in West London Tuesday morning, after a 21-year-old man was stabbed to death last night

Police at the scene of the stabbing at the Notting Hill Carnival in West London on Monday night as blood is pictured on the ground

Police at the scene of the stabbing at the Notting Hill Carnival in West London on Monday night as blood is pictured on the ground 

Police officers on Ladbroke Grove in West London on Monday night around the time of the stabbing at 8pm

Police officers on Ladbroke Grove in West London on Monday night around the time of the stabbing at 8pm

Scotland Yard said officers had made 209 arrests since the start of the carnival as of 12.01am today – including 46 for assault, eight for sexual assault, 36 for possession of drugs, five for criminal damage and 27 for public order.

Police added that there were also ten arrests for possession of psychoactive substances, 33 for possession of an offensive weapon, seven for drink or drug driving, one theft, one robbery and 35 more listed as ‘other’.

While the total number of arrests for the whole of this year’s carnival has not yet been confirmed, the number at the 2019 festival was significantly higher at 353 – compared to 374 in 2018, 313 in 2017 and 454 in 2016.

Monday’s stabbing is thought to have been the first murder at the Notting Hill Carnival since 2004 when Lee Christopher Subaran, 27, of Mill Hill, was shot dead at point-blank range near Kensal Green Underground station.

The last day of the two-day festival yesterday, the ‘Adults Day’ parade, ended officially at 8.30pm last night after the event saw some 13 steel bands, 72 mast bands, six Brazilian bands, 36 sound systems and 300 stalls involved.





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