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Firearms police officers drafted in to protect London leaving home counties 'vulnerable to attack'

Police drafted to Met leaves 'home counties 'vulnerable'. Credit: PA

Firearms officers are reportedly being poached from the home counties and areas outside of the capital to protect London.

New figures have revealed that - amid a heightened terror threat - the Metropolitan police recruited eight times as many officers from regional forces in 2015, as in the previous year.

Police forces near London which have most to lose from the Met’s recruitment drive, have warned the Met’s tactics risk leaving them without the necessary capability, according to The Times.

Firearms officers are reportedly being lured to join the Met with allowances of several thousand pounds.

Numbers handed to the London Assembly revealed the Met recruited 89 offices in 2015 and 70 so far this year.