Aggressive begging and rough sleeping

There was some improvement over the summer, when a number of the Marble Arch rough sleepers returned to their countries of origin and three were stopped by UKBA at the border when they attempted to come back here (thanks to a useful re-interpretation of the EU rules on re-admitting petty criminals).

However, things have worsened since, as I discovered at first hand today when taking a photograph of some of the familiar faces to send to our neighbourhood police, and was spat at.

This is not a state of affairs that residents should have to tolerate. I shall be giving my statement to police tomorrow, and with fellow councillors sending as strong a message as possible to the Met and the Home Office that the co-ordinated efforts to tackle this problem must go on.