Archive for January, 2014

Two dozen arrests for begging and similar

A total of two dozen East Europeans have been arrested since January 1 for abusing their right to free movement. Of those 16 have been removed from the UK. Under the new regulations. UK Border Agency will stop them if they try to re-enter in the next 12 months, unless they can show they have a job.
Borough Commander Paul Rickett commented in his weekly message to residents: “This has already had a significant impact on the visible manifestations of anti social behaviour in the West End and in particular around the Marble Arch and Park Lane areas.” Congratulations to all the agencies involved and thanks to those residents and businesses who helped by writing to ministers and giving evidence.

Marble Arch January checks

Home Office and Border Agency officers were checking on Romanians and Bulgarians at Marble Arch yesterday, though increased numbers of rough sleepers are not expected at this point as their movements are not related to the lifting of working restrictions on January 1st. Some of those present in December have returned home for Christmas and indications are that they will not try to return until later in the month. As ever, we’ll keep you posted on the work being done by police, Home Office, Border Agency, council rough sleeping officers and others to tackle the impact of these individuals on our area.

Antonia Cox

Westminster City Hall,
64 Victoria Street
London SW1E 6QP

0207 641 3411

acox@westminster.gov.uk

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