Met intelligence for Notting Hill

Police officers with an uncanny ability to remember hundreds of offenders' faces will be used for the first time at this year's Notting Hill Carnival.

Keeping the peace at Notting Hill

The message from the Met Police came loud and clear - and very early in the morning. Hundreds of officers making over 100 arrests in dawn raids aimed at keeping trouble away from this weekend's Notting Hill Carnival.

Officers targeted suspected gangs, seizing cash and weapons. But today's high visibility raids were just one part of the operation -- police are keeping a close eye at what's going on online too, as Piers Hopkirk reports.

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Raids to pre-empt Carnival trouble

Police have carried out a series of raids, ahead of this weekend's Notting Hill Carnival, in an attempt to combat potential trouble makers. One hundred and twelve people have been arrested for offences including robbery, theft and drugs possession.

Officers have also seized several firearms, £4, 000 in cash and a Porshe. The focus has been to target gangs and other criminals intent on causing trouble at the carnival.

A watchful eye over Notting Hill Carnival

Police officers with an uncanny ability to remember hundreds of offenders' faces will be used for the first time at this year's Notting Hill Carnival.

Known as "super recognisers", they can recall the faces, names, birth dates and other details of offenders years after seeing them either in person or on file.

Officers surveying CCTV in the control centre
Officers surveying CCTV in the control centre Credit: ITV News

This weekend, 17 of the officers will be checking live Carnival footage in a central CCTV control room, looking for anyone whose bail conditions prohibit them from being at the event, and identifying opportunists who commit the crime.