City of London Police participate in pan London operation ahead of this weekend’s Notting Hill Carnival
Around 1,000 officers from across all Met boroughs, supported by specialist police teams including Around 1,000 officers from across all Met boroughs, supported by specialist police teams including Task Force, Trident and Area Crime Command, Operation Teal, Safer Neighbourhoods, Dog Units, Roads Policing; as well as colleagues from the City of London Police, British Transport Police and National Crime Agency have taken part in the operation, which started early this morning and will continue throughout the day.
57 warrants have been executed so far.
The arrests are predominantly for possession with intent to supply drugs and violent offences; but also include assault on police and public order offences. At one address in Tower Hamlets officers seized a handgun, along with gloves and gaffer tape.
Some of those arrested may be bailed pending further enquiries; where appropriate they will have had bail conditions imposed on them, prohibiting them from attending this Weekend's Carnival.
Superintendent Robyn Williams, Met spokesperson for Superintendent Robyn Williams, Met spokesperson for Notting Hill Carnival, said:
"Today's operation is aimed at ensuring that those who intend to cause trouble at Carnival are prohibited from doing so. We are committed to ensuring that Carnival remains a safe, vibrant and enjoyable event; troublemakers are not welcome. If you know anyone who is planning to use the event to commit crime, please call Crimestoppers anonymously to help us keep the event safe for everyone."
Highly-skilled 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.
In addition to the warrants, officers from across the capital are carrying out over 550 activities aimed at disrupting potential disorder in the run-up to Carnival, including weapons sweeps and knife arches, ANPR operations and uniformed patrols in areas where gang members are known to frequent.
Inspector Bill Duffy of the City of London Police said:
"Preventing crime at Carnival by taking action beforehand helps to ensure that the event is enjoyed by as many Londoners as possible.
"The City of London Police is happy to work in partnership with the Metropolitan Police and play our part to ensure the best of London is showcased in this globally recognised event."
Chief Superintendent Ellie O'Connor, Borough Commander of Kensington & Chelsea, said:
"Carnival is a fantastic event with visitors to the borough from around the world. I do recognise that Carnival has a massive impact on the lives of local residents and we are committed to supporting the local community and businesses as much as possible. Today's operation will help ensure that known troublemakers will not attend Carnival, ensuring a quicker return to normality for local residents."
The freephone anonymous Crimestoppers number is 0800 555 111.