MORE than 400 illegal cars have been taken off the borough's roads in six months, ranking Ealing Police the seventh best in the capital at seizures.

The borough force is below Lambeth, Newham, Southwark, Haringey, Brent and Barnet, but above Enfield, Islington and Lewisham in the top 10.

Lambeth Police managed 649 vehicle seizures between January and June, compared with Ealing's 405.

The figures were compiled by Jenny Jones, Green Party member of the London Assembly, who received them after questioning the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

She put the success partly down to Operation Reclaim, which gives uniformed officers the power to seize vehicles from uninsured or unlicensed drivers.

Ms Jones said: "Illegal drivers force legal drivers to pay higher insurance premiums, while cyclists and pedestrians are often the victims of hit-andrun driving - which is often linked to motorists not having insurance, or a proper licence. Because illegal drivers think they can get away with it, they drive less safely, putting us all at greater risk.

"Building on the accomplishments of Operation Reclaim through greater investment would benefit everyone."

Ealing's Chief Inspector Des Rock said: "Operation Reclaim proved to be a great success, helping to identify unlicensed drivers and assist towards public safety and crime reduction.

"We will continue with our approach to improve road safety for all road users and apply suitable penalties on those driving illegally."