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Extra police powers issued for Notting Hill Carnival

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Image caption One million people are expected to attend the Carnival during the two-day event

Extra stop-and-search powers have been granted to police for the Notting Hill Carnival in west London.

Scotland Yard imposed the Section 60 order until midnight on Sunday following "incidents of violence... across the city over the last week".

Over two days there were five shootings and a man was fatally stabbed in Deptford on Saturday.

One million people are expected at the Carnival over the weekend, with Sunday known as family day.

Scotland Yard said numbers attending "appear lighter than normal" which they thought was "probably due to the rain".

It said there had been "no issues to report."

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Media captionRevellers partied through the rain at Notting Hill Carnival
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Image caption The Carnival kicked off with the traditionally messy "J'Ouvert"...
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Image caption Although some revellers were on hand to tidy up

The two-day event is being policed by the highest number of officers in six years, with some 13,000 officers deployed.

Knife arches, which are used to detect blades and deter people from carrying them, were installed for the first time at "strategic points" across the Carnival.

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Image caption The highest number of officers for six years are on duty
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Image caption The colourful event is Europe's biggest street party

The event's Gold Commander Dave Musker said the extra powers would "reassure our communities that we are constantly working to protect them".

"It will also send a message to those intent on committing acts of violence that we will robustly target them," he said.

Notting Hill Carnival Limited executive director Matthew Phillip said the knife arches were part of a wide-ranging "belt and braces" approach to keeping the event safe.

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Image caption Most performers did not let the heavy rain dampen their spirits...
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Image caption Although not all of them

The festivities began on Sunday at 06:00 with the "J'Ouvert" where revellers douse themselves in colourful paints and powders before the parade and official opening ceremony at 10:00.

Performer Alexandra Burke was unveiled as the Carnival's first ever ambassador as performers took to the parade route.

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Image caption Sunday is known as family day and is traditionally the quieter of the two days

The role has been created to help promote the community spirit and positive aspects surrounding the annual event.

She told crowds at the opening ceremony to "have the best day no matter what the weather is saying."

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Image caption Artists like Sir DJ Corey have been playing the numerous live stages
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Image caption People of all ages take part over the two days
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Image caption Thousands of performers will take to the parade route during the weekend
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Image caption The street festival is celebrating its 52nd anniversary

A 72-second silence was held at 15:00 BST, and will take place again on Monday, in tribute to those who died in the Grenfell Tower blaze, which happened close to the parade route.

One of the Carnival's headliners, singer and DJ Popcaan, has tweeted to say he will no longer be performing at the event due to "unforeseen circumstances".

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Image caption Grenfell Tower is within half a mile of the parade route

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