Public confidence in police in Waltham Forest shot up last year, according to a survey carried out by the Met.

Research rating public perception of performance between October and December showed an increase from 58 per cent to 78 per cent.

The findings were based on interviews with 400 randomly selected people who were asked their views on the way police operate.

The survey placed Waltham Forest behind only Kingston Upon Thames and Richmond Upon Thames in confidence rating.

Borough commander Mark Collins said he was delighted with the results, adding a twitter account which publishes basic details on some minor incidents and meetings, and 119 extra officers in the borough have contributed to the result.

He said: “Confidence is linked with the trust people place in policing, having had direct contact with us or not.

“I believe confidence is gained in several areas such as our engagement with the community, feedback as to our performance, our effectiveness in crime prevention and detection, and perception of anti-social behaviour.

“This is the area in which we are scoring higher than the MPS average.”

In January there were 1755 crimes reported in the borough, with 580 incidents of anti-social behaviour, 417 reports of violence and 196 residential burglaries.