Thousands soak up carnival sunshine

Revellers at Europe's largest street festival enjoyed sunshine, booming sound systems and increased safety during the finale of the Notting Hill Carnival.

Although there were spots of rain during the afternoon, the weather was mainly sunny and warm - with hundreds of thousands flocking to the capital to join the party's headline event on Bank Holiday Monday.

They enjoyed the float parade, danced in the streets and admired striking costumes under the gaze of an additional 2,000 police officers drafted in for the Caribbean-inspired festival, bringing the total to 7,000.

The festivities remained largely peaceful, with police saying they had made 67 arrests at Carnival since midnight, mainly for drug and public order offences as well as robbery and assault.

A group of people was detained at King's Cross underground station to prevent them from travelling to Notting Hill.

Police said they suspected the 36 individuals, who are believed to have been travelling by train from north London, were heading to the carnival to cause trouble.

Of the group - all males - 17 were aged 18 or over and nineteen aged under 18. All were arrested and are being held at an undisclosed location until police are satisfied there was no longer a risk they would commit disorder at the carnival.

In a statement, Scotland Yard said: "All will be detained at an appropriate location where they will be held until police are satisfied that there is no longer a risk they will commit disorder at the carnival."

The Metropolitan Police later confirmed there were 152 arrests. A spokesman said: "This is broadly in line with what we expected. To give you an idea, on Bank Holiday Monday last year we made 172 arrests."