More police officers from London’s Metropolitan service now live outside of London than those living in the city, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

ITV News report:

Only two in five Met officers live in London according to figures released today.

The figures which were obtained under a freedom of information request shows just 43% of the 30,367 officers were last month living in a London borough.

This is a sharp fall from 2010 when 50.6% of the force lived in the capital when London Mayor Boris Johnson’s deputy Kit Malthouse warned of a “growing divide” between the public and police.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.