Police made 26 this morning arrests before Notting Hill Carnival, which takes place next weekend, taking the total number of arrests up to 200.
The arrests were predominantly for intent to supply drugs at the festival.
Properties in Lewisham as well as Kensington and Chelsea, the borough where the carnival is held, and other surrounding boroughs. In Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, Westminster, and Wandsworth, 18 people were arrested after 21 properties were raided. At one property in North Kensington an ambulance was called over concerns a suspect had swallowed drugs.
In an intelligence-led operation carried out by 100 officers, these arrests continue an attempt to crack down on knife crime, drugs and child-exploitation. 190 knives and 18 firearms have been recovered in the operation.
Ch Supt Robyn Williams, the Met’s spokesman for the Notting Hill carnival, said: “Our officers have been proactive and focused on tackling serious violence and knife crime across London. Today’s operation is aimed at ensuring that those who intend to cause trouble at the carnival are prohibited from doing so.”