An investigation into alleged racism within Harrow Borough Council will be investigated by a former borough police commander.

In November last year leader of the council Susan Hall announced the investigation into an allegation of racism made by one individual member.

Dal Babu, the former borough commander of Harrow Police, has been appointed to lead the investigation into the claim.

He will talk to council officers and councillors and will produce a report with recommendations by April 11.

Mr Babu said : “My years in the Metropolitan police have given me a good span of experience about race claims, for example from my role as chair of the National Association of Muslim Police Officers to being the police commander on the ground in Harrow during protests by anti-Islamic groups outside the mosque.

“On these occasions I strive to establish the facts and stop sometimes overheated rhetoric obscuring the real issue.

“I know Harrow Council well, and I think Cllr Hall and the authority have taken a brave step in establishing this enquiry, which will be independent and professional.”

Cllr Hall said: “Harrow is a diverse borough and the council has always reflected this, both in the representation of members and the highly professional approach of officers to their work.

“While I have always believed there is no issue about race among council employees, as a precaution I asked for a senior independent figure to look into these claims.

“The result of this investigation will be published as this council believes in transparency and has nothing to hide.

“I am confident that in an experienced professional of Dal Babu’s calibre, we have found the right person to take this enquiry forward.”

Since retiring from the Metropolitan Police after 30 years of service and serving as borough commander for four year Mr Babu has become Chairman of Harrow Age UK.