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A man has appeared in court charged over a double stabbing in Luton - hours before the town celebrated it's carnival.
Two men were attacked in the Buxton Road and Alma Street area.
One of them is critical in hospital and the other is serious but stable.
Meanwhile violence broke out in St George's Square after the carnival with four people taken to hospital with stab wounds.
One man and five youths were arrested in connection with the disorder and are currently in custody.
Superintendent Mark Upex said: “The incident that unfolded in Luton town centre last night was unacceptable. A small minority of people inflicted violent behaviour on the town attempting to ruin a day that had been celebrated in harmony.
“The aggressive actions that caused this disorder will be thoroughly and methodically investigated and we are committed to ensuring those responsible will be identified and punished accordingly. Officers have recovered several weapons from the scene and investigators are analysing the CCTV.
“It is disappointing that such a fantastic day of celebration in the town was followed by these scenes of disarray but we would like to reassure the public that order has been restored and additional resources remain in the town today and into this evening. We are grateful to our partners for their support and assistance.
“It is important that we receive as much information and evidence as possible to assist the investigation. We are aware that the public were taking photos and videos of the incident and we urge anyone that has anything that can support us to come forward.
“I would like to thank our officers again for their hard work and bravery and bringing order and safety back to the town in a difficult environment.”
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