The number of gun-related crimes in Hounslow has shot up by a third over the past six months, new figures reveal.
In contrast to an overall decline in the number of 'priority crimes' the number of incidents involving firearms rocketed by 33 per cent from April to September, compared to the same period last year.
But borough commander David Bilson has insisted the figures remained well below the London average. "Of course any gun crime is serious and we treat it as such," he added. "Any gun crime is a worry but the numbers remain very, very low.
"The public should be reassured that this borough has one of the lowest levels of gun-related incidents in the capital."
The figures show 32 crimes involving guns took place between April and September, with another 33 in the previous six months.
But Chief Supt Bilson insists no one was injured in any of these incidents, which were mainly gunpoint robberies of commercial properties, including bookmakers and supermarkets.
He said: "We are working with the flying squad and putting a number of arrangements in place to prevent and deter this type of crime. These include extra weekend patrols and visits to businesses to help them protect themselves. A number of arrests have also been made and suspects are currently working their way through the justice system."