Royal Wedding security: Scotland Yard makes raids
Officers swooped on three squats across the capital just 24 hours before William and Kate marry at Westminster Abbey
|Daily Mail |
LONDON — Twenty people were arrested today as Scotland Yard launched dawn raids ahead of the Royal Wedding amid fears of violence tomorrow.
Officers swooped on three squats across the capital just 24 hours before William and Kate marry at Westminster Abbey.
The Metropolitan Police said the raids were carried out as part of an investigation into disturbances at the student protests last year and the recent trade union march.
However, sources told Sky News that officers had targeted people who were known troublemakers. Labour backbencher John McDonnell accused police of carrying out 'some form of pre-emptive strike'.
A force spokesman admitted the arrests had been brought forward because of the Royal Wedding at Westminster Abbey.
Mr McDonnell accused the Metropolitan Police of a 'disproportionate' reaction to the threat as he raised a point of order in the House of Commons.
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