Man in hospital with serious facial injuries after Leicester Caribbean Carnival

A man is still in hospital following an assault that left him with serious injuries at Leicester’s Caribbean Carnival over the weekend.

The 29-year-old man is receiving treatment for ‘serious facial injuries’ following an incident of disorder in Victoria Park on Saturday evening.

Police said that a fight had broken out just after 6pm close to the main stage in Victoria Park. Three men were injured in the incident and were taken to hospital.

In light of the potential for further offences senior officers authorised Section 60 powers for the inner ring road within Leicester city centre.

The powers gave officers the authority to search for offensive weapons or dangerous instruments, to prevent incidents of serious violence.

During the Section 60 powers operation two people were searched and no weapons were recovered.

Superintendent Martyn Ball was in charge of the policing operation at the carnival. He said: “Close to 30,000 people attended the event, the vast majority of people who attended the carnival behaved and had a great time. A small minority of people did cause some issues near the stage which resulted in a large police presence within the park.”

“In light of the disorder Section 60 powers were authorised and I am pleased to say we had no further reports of incidents in the park and within the city in relation to those attending the carnival.”

“The decision to authorise Section 60 powers is not taken lightly and requires authority from a chief officer, in light of the risk to the public and officers we took the decision to apply for those powers.”

“I would like to thank those who attended the event for their co-operation and support during the evening and period of the Section 60 powers.”