Four people have been arrested on suspicion of fraudulently claiming thousands of pounds in benefits.

In raids this morning at three properties across the borough, the four were arrested and taken to South Harrow Police station for questioning.

The raids were carried out by Harrow Borough Council's anti-fraud team with officers from the Department for Work & Pensions and police as part of the authority’s anti-fraud week of action.

Council leader Councillor Susan Hall said: “Fraud is not just some victimless crime – it ultimately deprives hardworking taxpayers of services that the council should be spending money on. It is like stealing from your neighbours.

“This morning’s arrests show that we are taking strong action to tackle this unfair and unacceptable behaviour.

“We will catch up with anyone who thinks they can play the system – whether for large amounts or small. Harrow is no safe haven for fraudsters.”

Earlier in the week the council revealed a total of £315,000 of taxpayer’s cash was fraudulently claimed by benefit cheats last year from the council.