Dawn Raids Ahead Of Notting Hill Carnival
Tuesday 19th August 2014
126 people have been arrested as part of dawn raids ahead of this weekend's Notting Hill Carnival.
Starting at 4am, officers executed 170 warrants as part of an operation targeting gang crime, drug supply and other offences that could impact the event.
The arrests were for offences including possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and firearms offences.
A search of an address is Parkfield Road, Lambeth resulted in the seizure of three suspected live firearms, believed to be a mach 10 machine gun, a sten gun machine gun, a handgun and a quantity of ammunition. A large amount of crack cocaine and a quantity of cash was also recovered.
Elsewhere 40 rocks of what is believed to be crack cocaine was seized from an address in Westminster.
Officers have seized more than £50,000.
Condition imposed on many of those arrested will include not being allowed to attend Carnival.
Officers known as 'super recognisers' will be at Carnival and in the CCTV control room over the weekend, looking for anyone banned from the event.
Chief Superintendent Robyn Williams, MPS spokesperson for Notting Hill Carnival, said: “We are committed to ensuring that Notting Hill Carnival remains a safe, vibrant and enjoyable event. Today’s operation was aimed at ensuring that those who set out with the intention of causing trouble at Carnival will not succeed. By once again using our team of super recognisers, we will quickly be able to identify and remove anyone prohibited from the event.
"If you know anyone who is planning to use Notting Hill Carnival to commit crime, please call Crimestoppers anonymously to help us keep the event a safe celebration.”
The free phone Crimestoppers telephone number is 0800 555 111.