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Dawn raids in Hackney two months after London riots

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Image caption Police arrested a 22-year-old they believe is a local gang member

Police have carried out dawn raids in east London to arrest suspected rioters - two months on from the start of the UK's worst disorder for a generation.

In August violence erupted across the country, sparked by the death of a man shot by police in Tottenham.

On Friday police descended on three homes in Hackney, arresting two men and a teenager.

Across London there have now been 2,952 arrests. To date some 1,774 have been charged.

All the newly-arrested suspects were held over offences alleged to have happened on 8 August.

'Absolutely committed'

At about 06:00 BST officers forced entry into a house in Hillside Road, Stamford Hill, where they arrested a 22-year-old on suspicion of violent disorder.

A search team entered the terraced home and found what they believed to be the clothes worn by the man on the night of the riots.

Image caption Officers urged the public to get in touch if they recognise the alleged rioters

At separate addresses a 23-year-old was arrested for violent disorder and a 17-year-old male was held for burglary at a convenience store.

Det Ch Supt Chris Greany said: "Today's activity is an indication that two months on from we remain absolutely committed to identifying and arresting those responsible for the disorder.

"My message to those who were involved in criminality is that you will not get away with it.

"We have a huge team of dedicated officers working on this investigation and we will find you."

During the riots there was disorder in 22 out of 32 London boroughs.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said forensic examiners have been working on at least 1,300 crime scenes.

Image caption Some 700 pictures of suspects have now been released

More than 430 DNA samples and 330 sets of fingerprints have been sent to laboratories.

Police estimate they have more than 100,000 hours of CCTV still to view.

Almost 700 images of those still sought over the rioting have already been uploaded onto the Met website.

Another ten images were released on Friday of people sought in connection with the disorder in Hackney.

Det Ch Supt Greany admitted: "The investigation is a huge challenge and one that we will continue to tackle for some time to come."

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