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Scotland Yard has announced it is planning a series of raids on suspected gang members in the run up to this weekend's Notting Hill Carnival in London, Europe's biggest street festival.

“Carnival is a colourful and vibrant event attended by hundreds of thousands of people every year. The success of the event and the low crime rate do not happen by accident," said Chief Superintendent Mick Johnson of Met Police.

“We want to continue this success by making sure Carnival is as safe as possible for everyone who attends the event.

“Carnival is a wonderful spectacle and we will do everything we can to ensure everyone who comes to the event is able to enjoy it safely."

13,000 police shifts consisting of both uniformed and undercover officers will be on duty during the bank holiday weekend's festivities in west London. There were 299 arrests at the carnival in 2012.



"We will be using stop and search powers around the entry points to prevent the minority who carry weapons from getting into the event," said Johnson.

St John Ambulance has some advice for carnival-goers to avoid upset and injury, according to London 24: “Visitors to the Carnival can also help themselves by making sure they bring any medication they may need, drink alcohol responsibly and drink plenty of water.

"Every year we treat lots of people for cuts and injuries to their feet, it is important people wear sensible shoes that will protect their feet from any broken glass along the route”.

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