The Met Police has once again launched its appeal asking for Christmas presents for disadvantaged children in care this festive season.

The police force is aiming to make sure Santa visits as many children as possible this Christmas with its #metxmastree campaign.

It is an annual charity appeal which has been running for three years.

Donations of gifts for children are welcomed by borough forces across London, these are then gathered up and given out to children who are in foster care on Christmas Day.

Hounslow Police Force has been involved for the last two and this year officers have a little helper to dish out the presents, three-year-old Pete Maule.

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"This year we've got 254 kids aged between 4 and 17," Neighbourhood sergeant, Nathan Fane, told getwestlondon .

"The presents were really well received last year, they loved the stuff that people had donated.

"A lot of these kids are quite disadvantaged, come from broken homes and they're in care for a reason.

"It's to know that somebody's thinking about them on Christmas day."

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Alongside the appeal for presents, Hounslow Police is appealing for cash donations to help elderly residents in the borough, who find themselves alone on Christmas Day.

The force are supporting two charities, Age UK and a local charity which runs out of Hounslow Youth Club.

Anyone can donate and Hounslow Police is welcoming donations until December 11.

From local residents, to local shops, gifts suitable for any child have been flooding in.

For more information about how to donate, send an email to the force at hounslowchristmastree@met.police.uk.

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