A crowd of revellers at Notting Hill Carnival had “acidic liquid” thrown over them on the first day of the festival. Police said they were investigating after the liquid was thrown near Ladbroke Grove on Sunday evening and three people reported having skin irritation.
The Met confirmed the liquid was thrown over people gathered at St Charles Square at 7.55pm on Sunday. Unsubstantiated rumours of another attack sparked mass panic on Monday as footage emerged of crowds fleeing. Police said they were looking into what caused the panic.
Screams and people shouting can be heard in the footage that was posted on Snapchat on Monday by user Rastamouse88, who captioned the video: “Apperently there’s an acid attack. (sic)” One reveller wrote on Twitter: “Yep carnival is cancelled for me I’ve just received information from someone I know that there was an acid attack.”