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Notting Hill Carnival police arrest 27 ahead of event

  • 21 August 2012
  • From the section London
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Image caption Suspects were arrested over drugs and handling stolen goods offences

Police have arrested 27 people during an operation to crack down on suspected troublemakers ahead of Notting Hill Carnival.

Officers raided addresses of suspected gang members and drug dealers across London ahead of this weekend's event.

Arrests have been made for possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs and handling stolen goods.

The Met said it wanted to create a hostile environment for criminals who may spoil the carnival.

Olympics theme

Commander Bob Broadhurst, in charge of the policing operation for this year's event, said: "We want people to enjoy the event without worrying about the crime and violence that has been caused by the small minority in the past.

"Across London we'll use specialist officers and technology to make it as hard as possible for those people identified through intelligence to travel about.

"At entry points to carnival we'll make use of intelligence-led stop and search, our status dogs unit and screening wands to scan people for concealed weapons."

There is a sporting theme to the west London carnival in the Olympics year, with some costumes reflecting that.

Ray Mahabir, one of the costume makers for the carnival, said: "It's supposed to be bigger and everybody is excited and looking forward to performing on the streets.

"People have used the colours of the Olympics to represent what's happening this year."

Vincent John, organiser of the carnival, said: "There's more colour in terms of lighting, better staging, there will be a better flow of displays across the carnival footprint and particularly at the judging point, we have a judging point this year."

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