Archive for December, 2013

The Westminster Warden and the Commissioner

I understand that one of our wardens had the chance today to tell the Commissioner of the Met, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, to his face how much trouble is caused by the East European rough sleepers. Extra cleansing and hosing down has the effect of causing them to move on, at some cost to the taxpayer, but there is still more to be done.  Meanwhile lobbying efforts with the Home Office continue this week over the Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour Bill.

East European aggressive beggars – one local case

As I came and went from Marble Arch to record a clip on this issue for ITV London Tonight, I saw a woman begging at the bus stop and phoned 101 to report it to police. She was not acting aggressively, but she was on her own in a wheelchair obstructing people queuing in the bus shelter.

Since then a resident has spotted her several times so we are trying Adult Services. The Adult Safeguarding hotline is 0207 641 2176.

Antonia Cox

Westminster City Hall,
64 Victoria Street
London SW1E 6QP

0207 641 3411

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