Multiple arrests before notting Hill Carnival
Source: Evening Standard https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/police-make-300-arrests-during-raids-ahead-of-notting-hill-carnival-a3616861.html
The majority of offences involved gang crime, drug supply and weapons, Scotland Yard said.
The operations were led by Met Police, including the Territorial Support Group and dogs unit, and with the assistance of City of London and British Transport Police.
Scotland Yard said some of those arrested would have bail conditions that prevent them from attending Carnival.
The force also revealed on Tuesday that highly-skilled officers known as “super recognisers” would be on duty at Carnival and in the CCTV control room over the weekend.
The squad of police officers are skilled at picking out faces from crowds and will help to spot anyone banned from the Bank Holiday festival.
There were more than 450 arrests at last year’s carnival, the highest number since 2010. The policing operation cost £8 million.
The 2016 carnival was policed by 6,000 Met officers on Saturday and Sunday and 7,000 officers on the August Bank Holiday Monday.
Previously Commander Dave Musker, the head of policing the carnival, said last year's event had come close to a disaster along the scale of the Hillsborough tragedy on at least two occasions