London cops release video of ‘brutal’ attack on woman, 19, at carnival

London’s Metropolitan Police have released time-delayed footage of a “sexless” attack on a 19-year-old young woman at Notting Hill Carnival in a bid to track down the attackers.

The video, posted on the Metropolitan Police’s website but not, curiously, on the force’s social media pages, where they would be more likely to be seen by large numbers of people, shows a mostly or all-black mob attacking a pixelated but seemingly more light-skinned victim on the street at the multicultural carnival, which was returning from a long hiatus caused by the Wuhan virus pandemic.

The Met’s appeal for information said the teenager was “hit over the head with a gas can and then kicked and punched to the ground” “at around 7.05pm on Monday, August 29” — why the video was not released he has now explained — in a completely unprovoked attack by some men who had previously been involved in a fight.

“The victim was left in hospital with very serious injuries following this incident – although he has been discharged, he continues to require treatment for his injuries,” said Detective Constable Sam Packer.

“He is a completely innocent member of the public who was attacked without provocation or warning by people intent on causing violence,” added the coroner.

“If you were there and saw what happened or have videos that could help us identify those responsible, please do the right thing and contact us immediately,” he urged.

Notting Hill Carnival has been marked by some particularly devastating outbreaks of violence on its return in 2022, with one person stabbed to death and two policewomen sexually assaulted, among other incidents.

Met chiefs have claimed the carnival “is a great event for the police”, but the Metropolitan Police Federation, a union representing actual officers, strongly disagrees and has called for it to be scrapped.

“Every year we argue that this event shouldn’t happen, but they don’t listen to us,” complained Ken Marsh, who heads the federation.

“There were 11,000 officers on duty [this year]. For many of them, this was their first experience of carnival policing and they have been extremely shocked by what they saw and were subjected to,” he added.

However, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, of the left-wing Labor Party, described the carnival’s “vibes” as “flawless”.

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