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Dawn raids on over 170 homes tackles gang and drug crime before Notting Hill Carnival

Many of those arrested will be banned from this bank holiday weekend's Carnival.

Drugs and money were found during this morning's dawn raids

Police officers targeted 170 properties this morning to tackle gang crime and drug supply ahead of Notting Hill Carnival.

About 1,000 officers from across London took part in the early morning operation which started at 4am.

Tens of people were arrested and many will be bailed after further enquiries, with many being banned from attending this bank holiday weekend’s Carnival .

The raids this morning included police teams from the Trident Gang Crime Command, Organised and Economic Crime Command, the Dog Unit and Territorial Support Group.

During Carnival this Sunday and next Monday, 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.

About 1,000 police officers executed more than 170 warrants this morning

Superintendent Robyn Williams, the Met’s 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.

“Over the weekend officers will look to ensure that any individual or group who may be seeking to disrupt or otherwise commit crime at carnival will be dealt with accordingly however if you know anyone who is planning to use Notting Hill Carnival to cause trouble, please call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 to help us keep the event a safe celebration.”

Details of arrests will be coming in shortly.

Drugs and money confiscated from a house as champagne, Evian water and nectarines lie in the background

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