Newham gains police officers since London riots two years ago

Newham is one of just a handful of London boroughs to have seen an increase in police officer numbers since riots spread through the capital two years ago.

Official Scotland Yard figures show the number of Newham police officers has increased by 20 since 2011.

But the borough has lost almost 60 Police Community Support Officers since August 2011.

Looters and rioters targeted areas of East Ham when riots spread to Newham from Hackney and Tottenham two years ago.

The cost of criminal damage inflicted during the riots – triggered by the shooting of Mark Duggan by police in Tottenham – is estimated at £300million.

Across the capital, police officer and PCSO numbers have been cut by around 2,500 since 2011.