Police helicopters sweep Brazil slums ahead of World Cup

With less than three months to go until the World Cup in Brazil, the police have been sent into Rio's favelas - its shanty towns - in a bid to clean up the streets.

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Police target Brazil slums 10 weeks before World Cup

Ten weeks before the start of the World Cup in Brazil, police are making a final push to sweep clean some of Rio's most crime-ridden areas. Just a mile from the airport where teams and fans will arrive, there were scenes today resembling a military operation.

ITV News Brazil Correspondent Nick Ravenscroft reports:

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Brazil officers push into Rio slums ahead of World Cup

About 1,000 Brazilian officers have begun invading a huge complex of slums near Rio de Janeiro's international airport, the latest area to be targeted for the government's "pacification" programme.

Special operations battalion police officers take position during an operation to occupy part of the Mare slum complex.
Special operations battalion police officers take position during an operation to occupy part of the Mare slum complex. Credit: AP Photo/Felipe Dana
Navy armored vehicles are seen during sunrise during the operation to occupy Nova Holanda, part of the Mare slum complex.
Navy armored vehicles are seen during sunrise during the operation to occupy Nova Holanda, part of the Mare slum complex. Credit: AP Photo/Felipe Dana
The Mare complex of slums in Rio de Janeiro is the latest area targeted by the the government's 'pacification' programme.
The Mare complex of slums in Rio de Janeiro is the latest area targeted by the the government's 'pacification' programme. Credit: AP Photo/Felipe Dana

Police try to clean up streets ahead of Brazil World Cup

With 10 weeks to go until the World Cup in Brazil, the military police have been sent in to Rio's favelas - its shanty towns - in a bid to clean up the streets.

ITV News Brazil Correspondent Nick Ravenscroft has joined them on the operation:

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5am, Complexo da Maré favela - Rio. 10 weeks til the World Cup and in go the marines' armoured personnel carriers http://t.co/Zf3SSCBhIw

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Police Special Ops Battalion going street to street looking for armed traffickers, weapons and drugs. So far seen stashes of crack seized.