Woman’s lip bitten off by man at Notting Hill Carnival who said he was ‘devil’09/02/2019
A manhunt has been launched after a Notting Hill Carnival reveller had her top lip bitten off by a stranger who told her "I'm the devil'.
The victim was talking to some women at the popular event in London when she was approached by a man she didn’t know.
He told her: "I’m the devil" before leaning forward and biting off her top lip.
The woman, who was bleeding heavily and in shock, approached police officers, who escorted her to the nearest first aid post.
She was then taken to a west London hospital where her injuries were deemed "life-changing".
Surgeons operated on her facial injuries, but she will require further surgery in the future.
Metropolitan Police say the incident took place at around 6pm on Sunday August 25.
Police describe the suspect as a black man, of muscular build and with short, black hair, who was wearing a black T-shirt.
DCI Driss Hayoukane of the Notting Hill Carnival post investigation unit, said: “This was a horrific incident on a woman who has suffered life-changing injuries requiring extensive surgery.
"The man who did this is clearly a violent and dangerous individual and I am determined that we identify and apprehend him as soon as possible.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101 using the reference 5483/29Aug19.
Meanwhile, the festival saw around one million people flock to the west London.
Almost 12,500 police officers and some 1,000 stewards were in place across the two-day celebration, dubbed Europe's biggest street party.
Organisers described the carnival as the UK's "biggest celebration of culture, diversity and inclusivity", and promised it would be "once again be full of vibrant colours, incredible music and dancing".
There was a mass of music, dancing and bold costumes of neon Lycra and brightly-coloured feathered headdresses as revellers celebrated the Caribbean heritage in the capital.
Police arrested 353 people across both days of the carnival, with almost half the arrests drug-related.
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