London police arrest 20 ahead of royal wedding

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Twenty people were arrested in dawn raids across London on Thursday ahead of the royal wedding, Scotland Yard police headquarters said.

Officers swooped to execute arrest warrants at three addresses as part of an intelligence-led operation. Those arrested were being held in custody at various London police stations.

"These arrests are part of ongoing proactive work to tackle suspected criminality," a Scotland Yard spokesman said.

"They are not specifically related to the royal wedding but have been brought forward ahead of the event."

Nineteen people were arrested for "abstracting electricity" at an address in Camberwell, south London.

One person was arrested in Hackney, east London, in connection with the disorder following a trade union rally in the British capital on March 26.

An address in the village of Sipson, next to London's main Heathrow Airport, was raided but there were no arrests.

Lawmaker John McDonnell, whose constituency includes Sipson, said in parliament that the raids appeared to be "some form of pre-emptive strike before the royal wedding".

© 2011 AFP

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