Rayners Lane was made over as graffiti was cleaned off, planting beds spruced up and food safety checks made during the latest week of action blitzes.

Harrow Council officials and police officers descended on the area around Rayners Lane Tube station in Rayners Lane, South Harrow, on Monday to begin tidying up the neighbourhood.

The rear of cafes and restaurants were examined to ensure food was properly stored, while out front, council employees checked that boxes and market stalls were not obstructing the footpaths.

This was the eleventh week of action that the authority has carried out. These are five-day long projects whereby flytipping is cleared away and rubbish is tidied, while the council and other partners hand out advice or conduct spotchecks and inspections.

Councillor Susan Hall (Conservative), Harrow Council's portfolio holder for environment services, said: "Fly-tipping and graffiti dumping are eyesores which can really drag an area down.

"All the weeks of action are designed to be intensive clean-ups. But they also become the start of a relationship for some residents with the council, or the Safer Neighbourhood Teams, and they are designed to show local people that Harrow is getting better - starting with the streets they live on."