A massive police operation saw 140 officers swoop on Whitechapel Market targeting illegal immigrants and traders selling counterfeit goods.
Police question market traders on Whitechapel High Street
The huge raids, coordinated by the Metropolitan Police and the UK Border Agency (UKBA), led to 38 people being arrested or detained.
Police also seized more than 500 mobile phones as they rifled through goods at 10 shops and stalls for which search warrants were issued.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “Officers were working in Whitechapel Market as part of a pre-planned operation to search for stolen goods and arrest anyone handling stolen goods.
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