Extra police officers are being deployed to streets in north-west London following two murders over the weekend.

Cllr Tom Miller, responsible for community safety at Brent Council, explained this measure should serve to reassure residents following the high-profile incidents.

Kwasi Mensah-Ababio, 26, was found dead on a bench in Monks Park, Wembley, yesterday (July 7), less than 200 yards from the site of the fatal shooting of Craig Walters two days earlier.

Cllr Miller passed on his condolences to the victims’ families and explained the council would continue to work with police on improving safety in the borough.

He said: “The fatal incidents we saw in Wembley over the weekend are truly shocking and our sympathies go to the victims and their loved ones.

“While the full details are still emerging, I know that many of us will be alarmed by the violence which is sadly not unique to our borough.

“The council’s community safety team is working closely with the police, and I would like to reassure residents that there will be more officers on our streets over the coming days to make sure that those responsible are brought to justice.”

He pointed out that violent incidents in Brent have dropped by 13 per cent over the past year.

And the council has been making a targeted effort to tackle knife crime in the borough – the 2018/19 ‘Safer Brent Partnership’ report showed there was just one knife-related murder in the past 12 months.

Speaking on these measures, Cllr Miller said the council is “committed to further campaign work focused on stopping bloodshed on our streets.”

He has urged anyone with any information relating to the weekend’s events to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.