Waltham Forest has been named as a hotspot for Islamist-inspired terror offenders in a new report.

The study, published by human rights think tank The Henry Jackson Society, found the number of Islamism-related terror offences in the has UK nearly doubled between 2010 and 2015.

East London was home to half of the capital’s offenders, with Waltham Forest being named alongside Tower Hamlets and Newham as the most common boroughs of origin.

Some 43 per cent of all offenders in the period studied were from London.

The second most common region was the West Midlands where 18 per cent of offenders lived, mainly concentrated in Birmingham.

The report’s author, Hannah Stuart, a fellow at The Henry Jackson Society said findings posed "particular challenges for the authorities".

She added: "Our security services will be particularly concerned that the major threat continues to be home grown - and that females are playing an ever increasing role in terrorism.

“Such a high concentration of offenders in London and Birmingham will also focus the minds of policy makers when it comes to deciding where to target our counter-terrorism efforts."

Last month, a 15-year-old boy from Waltham Forest denied charges relating to possession of a bomb-making video and Islamic State propaganda.

He was one of five London teenagers charged with terror offences connected to an alleged plot to travel to Syria and join IS.

The report found there were 269 individual offences and 264 convictions for Islamism-inspired terrorism offences as a result of arrests from 1998 involving 253 British or foreign nationals.

Almost three quarters of the offences were carried out by UK nationals or people who held dual British nationality.

Researchers found the number of Islamist terror-related crimes had nearly doubled in the five years to 2015 from 12 to 23 per year.

The report also stated 48% per cent of offences were committed by people living in the most deprived 20 per cent of neighbourhoods nationally.

Waltham Forest council leader, Chris Robbins, said: “Waltham Forest is one of the most diverse areas of the country in one of the most diverse cities on earth, and promoting community cohesion is very much a priority for the Council.

“Rather than sweep a difficult issue under the carpet, we are actively working to protect our residents as part of our overall responsibilities to safeguard them from harm.

“Our commitment to working with everyone in our community and across Government to tackle violent extremism has never been stronger.

“We are proud of the work that we do in this area and believe that it is essential in supporting a strong community where people from all walks of life get on well together.”