Haringey politicians have called for action on moped crime after one of the borough’s streets was revealed to be the worst-hit in London.

Highgate Hill, which sits on the western border of Haringey, saw 239 crimes involving mopeds between 2012 and 2017 – nearly 40 per cent more than the next worst-affected street.

The figures were revealed in response to a Freedom of Information request sent by the BBC to the Metropolitan Police.

Holloway Road in Islington saw the second highest number of incidents (168), followed by Tottenham Court Road in Camden (164).

In December, the Lib Dems won cross-party support for a motion on tackling moped crime calling for improved co-ordination between the borough police teams in London and more motorbike tagging.

The same month, Highgate Liberal Democrat councillor Liz Morris wrote an open letter to Sadiq Khan and Haringey borough commander Helen Millichap pressing for further action.

She said: “I am shocked to see that Highgate Hill is the worst-hit street in all of London.

“Local residents will want to know why this small stretch of road has higher moped crime than much busier streets like Tottenham Court Road and Holloway Road.

“I will once again be taking this up again with the borough commander and Sadiq Khan and will be pressing them for a clear action plan.”

The Metropolitan Police has deployed a range of new tactics to tackle moped-based crime and is also working to raise public awareness to help prevent people becoming victims.

In the past three months, offences in Junction Ward, where Highgate Hill is located, have dropped to 40 from 123 during the previous quarter – a 67.5 per cent reduction – meaning it is no longer a hotspot.

Detective Superintendent Caroline Haines said: “Police are working hard to keep the public safe and make the streets hostile territory for criminals who steal scooters, mopeds, motorbikes and bicycles and then use them to snatch valuables from members of the public.

“Highgate Hill is a road that experiences a high footfall of general public, commuters and tourists. Camden and Islington borough police monitor trends and deploy resources accordingly through high-visibility patrols and plain clothes or unmarked vehicle patrols, proactive investigations and operations.

“If the public see any suspicious activity of have any information about who is committing these crimes, please call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

A spokesperson for the mayor of London said: “The mayor responded to Liz Morris with reassurances that the Met Police and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime are committed to keeping all Londoners safe by working tirelessly to crack down on moped-enabled crime and moped theft, not just in north London, but across the capital.”