Greenwich Council has announced a review of all statues, monuments and historic figures in the borough to “ensure they remain relevant and best reflect the borough as it is today”.

The authority will also analyse the names of public spaces throughout Royal Greenwich in a bid to identify any have links to the slave trade given the riverside borough’s maritime history.

It comes after London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced a review into landmarks across the city in a move to better represent London’s diversity.

Leaders of Labour councils across England and Wales have also pledged to do the same as Greenwich, in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests across the country drawing renewed attention to past links with the slave trade.

The statue of slave owner Robert Milligan at West India Quay in Tower Hamlets was removed from its plinth on Tuesday, while Greenwich said it will “work with residents and partners to develop a way forward” if problematic landmarks are found in its own borough.

A statue of slave trader Edward Colston was also torn down by Black Lives Matter demonstrators and dumped in Bristol harbour on Sunday.

Greenwich Council leader Danny Thorpe said the move came as the borough looked to analyse its history with the maritime trade.

“Our borough’s diversity is our one of our greatest strengths and we want to make sure this is reflected in our public realm,” he said.

“The recent Black Lives Matter protests have prompted many of us to consider the relevance of statues and landmarks that commemorate and celebrate those who made their fortune from exploitation.

“It is an uncomfortable truth that our borough, with its rich Maritime history, has ties to the slave trade. We will be reviewing the whole of our public realm to identify these links and develop a way forward."

Leader of Greenwich's opposition, Nigel Fletcher, welcomed the move, but said any action taken had to be "democratic" after claiming the minority Conservative party wasn't consulted about the move beforehand.

"We all share a desire to combat racism in this borough, and to provide a welcoming environment to all our residents," he said.

"This announcement was not discussed with us before it as made, and I hope in the future we can proceed with a greater degree of consensus."