Illegal shisha bars are being targeted in a new crackdown launched by Brent Council.
The council has teamed up with the Metropolitan Police to tackle the growing health and community safety concerns surrounding illegal shisha venues.
As part of the 10 week operation, officers from the Met Police will be paying shisha venues in the borough a visit, to ensure they are abiding by the law.
This includes the assurance that tobacco products are only sold to those over the age of 18 and ensuring compliance with with smoke-free legislation, health and safety and fire safety regulations.
Chief Inspector Tania Martin from Brent Police said there has been an increase in violence at some venues.
"We will continue to conduct multi-agency enforcement visits on shisha venues in Brent," she said.
"From a policing perspective this is due to an increase in antisocial behaviour and violence issues at some of the venues."
Shisha is a way of smoking tobacco through a bowl and tube and can be mixed with different flavours.
Brent Council is concerned illegal shisha venues are creating a smell and noise nuisance, and is acting on concerns from residents.
Leader of Brent Council, Muhammed Butt spoke to getwestlondon about the importance of joining forces with Met Police.
"Working with the police is really important because it sends out a very strong message that as partners we will tackle the issue of these illegal shisha bars which are causing a lot of problems and misery for the residents and the locals that live in the area," he said.
He also said the council has a "zero tolerance" to any shisha venue that is breaking the law and is taking the issue seriously.
"This new taskforce shows that we are listening to the concerns of residents and taking the issue extremely seriously," he said.
"Too many of Brent's shisha cafes are in breach of their licences, and in some instances operating illegally without a licence.
"We are putting the safety and wellbeing of our residents first by cracking down on these venues."