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Three injured in London carnival ‘acid attack’

Three injured in London carnival ‘acid attack’
Image shows revellers at Notting Hill Carnival. — The Independent


LONDON: At least three people received minor injuries in the wake of a suspected acid attack on revellers at Notting Hill Carnival in London, according to British media outlets.

The Metropolitan Police said a “mild acidic liquid” was thrown over a number of people in Ladbroke Grove, west London, during the carnival. “Three people have also reported skin irritation injuries, although these are not thought to be serious,” a spokesman said.

There have been no arrests, and police are working to identify who was responsible.

Notting Hill Carnival, Europe´s biggest street festival, came to a standstill Monday in the shadow of the charred Grenfell Tower to remember the victims of the deadly fire disaster.

The carnival procession halted and the blaring sound systems fell silent in memory of those killed — at least 80 people — in the June 14 inferno.

“It was a sad moment. We took our time. It was very, very painful,” said Odella, a teacher in her 50s, her voice breaking with emotion.

“But we remembered the people that died, and so we´re here together in a community spirit. It was wonderful,” she told AFP.

The west London carnival traces its roots back to Caribbean music festivals in the 1950s after the first surge in arrivals from former British colonies after World War II.

Feathered dancers, steel bands and earth-shaking sound systems featured in the vibrant celebration of British Caribbean culture.

But the two-day festival has been careful to remember the victims of a tragedy which stunned Britain, and took place just a stone´s throw away.

The estate where the tower stands was fenced off from the main carnival procession, out of respect for mourners.

The release of dozens of white doves marked the start of the festivities on Sunday, followed by a minute´s silence.