The Metropolitan police said it was investigating hundreds of crimes related to ULEZ cameras being vandalised across London.

An operation was launched in April after reports of criminal damage and theft were passed to the Met by Transport for London (TfL).

It said that as of Tuesday (15 August) it had recorded 288 incidents of crimes, including around 185 reports of cables being damaged, 164 ULEZ cameras being stolen and 38 reports of cameras being obscured.

As part of its ongoing operation, officers have now released an image of a man they are working to trace in connection with four offences in Hillingdon, Harrow and Uxbridge on Saturday 17 June.

The Met added that officers continue to work in partnership with TfL to proactively tackle the targeting of ULEZ cameras.

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Commander Owain Richards said: “These are clearly unacceptable acts of criminality and we have a team of officers investigating and identifying those responsible.

“We are providing a proportionate policing response, balancing these incidents against the wide range of operational demand and crime we must respond to across London.

“We are working closely with Transport for London and alongside our investigation into offences already committed we are supporting them to identify new ways to prevent further cameras from being damaged or stolen.”

London’s ULEZ was plunged into the spotlight this year after its forthcoming expansion later this month was blamed for Labour losing a by-election.

A High Court challenge to the expansion by four boroughs and Surrey County Council failed after a judge ruled that the legal basis on which the decision was made to expand the ULEZ was sound.