More than 290 arrests made ahead of Notting Hill Carnival


As part of the Met’s pan-London response to violence and knife crime and in the run-up to Notting Hill Carnival, officers across the Capital have been engaged in proactive operations since Friday, 11 August, targeting and disrupting gang crime, drug supply, knife crime and other offences that could impact on the safety of the weekend.

To date, officers have made more than 290 arrests for a range of offences recovering 190 knives and 18 firearms. This activity will continue during the week, and will include weapon sweeps, stop and search, youth engagement and ANPR operations.

As part of this operation, at 04:00hrs this morning, Tuesday, 22 August, officers from Kensington and Chelsea and Lewisham boroughs carried out two intelligence-led proactive operations. Today’s activity was targeting individuals where officers had intelligence to suggest that they were planning to commit crime at Carnival.

Day in day out, officers are working hard to keep London safe and tackle gang crime, drug supply and knife crime. It should be expected that in the run-up to Carnival, the Met will do absolutely all it can to keep the event as safe as it should be for the millions of people who want to go and enjoy it.

Anyone planning to commit crime at Carnival is unwelcome and people can expect to see further police activity of this nature right up until the weekend