Police arrested more than 50 men and recovered thousands of pounds worth of stolen goods and weapons during a series targeted raids.

Officers in Enfield and Haringey held 58 men on suspicion of a range of offences including robbery, conspiracy to commit murder, handling stolen goods and supply of controlled drugs following a series of morning raids over eight days.

They also recovered more than £250,000 worth of stolen property, including electronic devices, believed to be from 300 robberies across north London as well as seizing several large knives and machetes.

Warrants to search the properties were obtained following a nine-month investigation targetting people believed to be involved in robberies, gangs and drug supply.

The raids took place on February 5, 6, 12 and 13 at homes across Haringey and Enfield.

Officers in the local area were supported by the Violent Crime Taskforce, Territorial Support Group and Taskforce.

Detective Superintendent Luke Marks said: “The Met’s top priority is tackling violence and we are committed to making Enfield and Haringey a hostile territory for those intent on committing violent offences, carrying weapons, peddling drugs and as a result, intimidating and threatening the communities who live here.

“Serious organised crime and drug supply is responsible for a high proportion of violence in these boroughs and these warrants are part of our plan to bring the individuals responsible to justice."

Police were seen using a red door enforcer to gain entry to one high-rise flat before they stormed inside to conduct their raid.

Dept Supt Marks added: “We will continue to use every tool at our disposal to tackle these types of crimes head-on and work with partners to safeguard young people and address the complex causes of serious youth violence.

“I hope the success of this operation highlights our relentless efforts to suppress violence, drug-dealing and serious organised criminality, and reassures the community that we are absolutely committed to making the streets in which they live safer.”