Pre-Notting Hill Carnival police operations (1)

MQT on 2016-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2016
Question By: 
Siân Berry
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many people were arrested in targeted Metropolitan Police operations before the Notting Hill Carnival in 2016?


Answer for Pre-Notting Hill Carnival police operations (1)

Answer for Pre-Notting Hill Carnival police operations (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Police executed over 200 search warrants across London to target and disrupt those intending to use the Notting Hill Carnival as a cover for committing crime or violence.

55 people have been arrested as part of Operation Vitality; the intelligence-led operation designed to keep the 50th Notting Hill Carnival safe for both those attending and those taking part in the celebration. 

As part of this operation, officers in Lambeth executed 11 warrants, with five individuals arrested on suspicion of possession of ClassA drugs, and two for possession of ClassB drugs. Approximately £2,000 in cash was also seized. 

A raid in Barnet resulted in officers recovering a firearm, with four individuals being arrested. Another raid on the same borough saw two suspects arrested on suspicion of possession of ammunition and possession with intent to supply ClassB drugs. 

Officers also seized two machetes from an address in Camden.

Operation Vitality ran in tandem with the Met's Trident Gang Crime Command which provides enhanced intelligence, enforcement and diversion activity for the most harmful gang members in London.