LONDON—British police say they are using tough powers at London’s Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s largest street festival, in the wake of riots across England earlier this month.
London’s Metropolitan Police said on Monday it had invoked extensive search powers which allow officers to stop people—and order them to remove hoods or masks—if they suspect there is a possibility of violence in a specific neighborhood.
A total of 88 people were arrested on Sunday, on the first day of the two-day carnival which celebrates Caribbean culture and attracts about 1 million people. The event is known for its flamboyant dancers and rousing steel bands.
Police said about 6,500 officers would be on the streets on Monday—more than the number on duty during April’s royal wedding.