A Bromley police officer has been sent to the Caribbean to help keep law and order on an island devastated by Hurricane Irma.

The police officer is part of a team of Met officers, including two Sergeants and 14 Constables, who travelled to the British Virgin Islands last Saturday (September 9) on a military plane.

They will help keep law and order on the islands and stop looting.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Terry of the Metropolitan Police said: "Our thoughts at this terrible time are with all the families in the Caribbean who have lost loved ones or whose lives have been decimated by this disaster.

"The team, who have all volunteered to assist at this tragic time will be providing support to their colleagues and will help to reassure local people.

"Following a request made through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for assistance with humanitarian aid the Met immediately responded to assist the UK policing response led by the National Police Chief’s Council."

The British Virgin Islands are a British Overseas Territories and are near Puerto Rico.

Hurricane Irma, a category four hurricane, has caused chaos in the islands and killed at least five people.

Now looters are taking advantage of the destruction and 120 soldiers have been stationed in the islands in response.

Defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon told BBC One's The Andrew Marr Show: "There has been a security issue there and that's why we're now prioritising getting armed troops in and police coming in behind them to strengthen the local police force.”

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Terry said: "I know that this will be an arduous and difficult deployment for our officers and am proud that so many officers have offered their assistance so enthusiastically - this speaks volumes for the dedication of those working in the Metropolitan Police and across the country."