London police stage raids ahead of Notting Hill Carnival

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United Kingdom grime star, Stormzy has hit out at the Metropolitan Police after they tweeted about drug seizures in the run up to the Notting Hill Carnival.

The music star wrote: "How many drugs did you lot seize in the run up to Glastonbury or we only doing tweets like this for black events?" However, as many Twitter users pointed out, Catford is over 12 miles from Notting Hill and heroin is hardly a drug associated with a celebratory event such as Carnival.

While one fan wrote: 'Why the association with Notting Hill?

Kensington cops arrested 18 people while those in Lewisham detained eight, as well as seizing Class A and Class B drugs.

Men are arrested after officers carried out searches at an address in Lewisham.

The Met made 290 arrests, confiscated 190 knives and 18 firearms in a organised swoop prior to Europe's biggest street party kicking off next weekend.

As London prepares for the annual Notting Hill Carnival, the police are trying to ensure the festivities are crime free.

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The force said it was "committed to ensuring that Carnival remains a safe, vibrant and enjoyable event".

The raids come as part of a wider crackdown on gang, gun and knife crime prior to the UK's largest African-Caribbean event this August Bank Holiday, which will see at least 2 million people turn out.

"Today's operation is aimed at ensuring that those who intend to cause trouble at Carnival are prohibited from doing so", Ch Supt Robyn Williams said.

'We will be uncompromising in our operations to keep our communities safe and secure.

Police arrested three men and two women at the property, while a young child was taken by police to stay with her grandmother.

More than 100 officers from the Metropolitan Police, City of London Police and the British Transport Police were involved in the operation today.

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