The MP for Harrow West claims to have uncovered data which shows that Harrow has lost 100 police officers in two years.

Gareth Thomas submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Metropolitan Police Service which he says shows a dramatic fall in police numbers.

He says that in March 2010 there were 519 PCSOs and police officers in Harrow and that by April this year that number had fallen to 419.

Mr Thomas said: “David Cameron needs to explain why Boris has allowed so many frontline police staff to be axed in London at a time of growing concern about gang crime and over a period that included major riots.

“The figures for Harrow Police show almost a 20 per cent cut in frontline police staff.

“This is a significant amount, and a lack of police officers will clearly adversely affect Harrow residents.

“Back in 2010 David Cameron promised to protect frontline police officers but this is yet another promise he hasn’t kept.”

The Harrow Times is awaiting a comment from the Metropolitan Police.