POLICE have cleared a makeshift camp of Romanians living homeless in one of London’s wealthiest neighbourhoods.
The group, which included men, women, and children, were asked to move their tents and cardboard mattresses from a patch of grass on the affluent Park Lane.
Police clear a camp of Romanians living homeless on London’s Park Lane[/caption]
The group had been moved off Transport for London last week[/caption]
TfL said the court order came after offers of alternative accommodation proved unsuccessful[/caption]
Officers had moved them on from a spot near Marble Arch in Mayfair last week after a court order obtained by Transport for London, who owned the land.
Transport for London said the court order was a last resort after attempts to offer alternative accommodation proved unsuccessful.
Photographs taken on Thursday show shopping trolleys containing pots and pans, a broomstick, and an accordion.
It is not known where the group has moved to.
Before enforcing the order, police had also been monitoring the site to check for signs of modern slavery, which in the UK disproportionately impacts eastern European migrants.
Mayfair and the surrounding area has seen a recent spike in crime, and some have sought to link the rise with the presence of the migrants.
The 12 months to July saw reports of 872 crimes of a violent or sexual nature and 4,549 thefts.
The area also experienced roughly one robbery a day.
But Ian Adams, a Conservative councillor for Westminster, warned against blaming the mostly Romanian and Bulgarian rough sleepers for the rise in crime.
“There are inevitably a wide spectrum of perpetrators,” he said.
Mr Adams said: “The council very much recognises and shares the concerns of residents and businesses … around current levels of crime whether that is theft, robbery or other crimes.
“Mayfair is increasingly becoming a magnet for the night-time economy.
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“It attracts a lot of wealthy people who are being targeted because of the expensive jewellery they are wearing.”
A 2017 ruling in Britain’s High Court deemed unlawful a Home Office policy of deporting rough sleepers who were citizens of other countries of the European Union.
The group were asked to pack their possessions and move on[/caption]
A local Conservative councillor advised against linking the settlements with a recent rise in crime[/caption]
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