Nickie Aiken, cabinet member for community protection and premises at Westminster council (Ed: Oh, hai!), said the situation in the square was “typical of an endemic issue” affecting the capital.You don't say...
She added: “The fact is that we have around 60 Romanians sleeping rough in Westminster, and we just do not have the resources to keep dealing with this. We are spending thousands of pounds cleaning up after rough sleepers, and that is council taxpayers’ money that should be going to pay for other things.Like fleecing the residents out of more money to park their cars or have their refuse taken away?
“We have absolutely no issue with Romanian people who come here to work and pay their way. The particular problem here is largely with Roma people, who have Romanian identity cards, some of whom drift into low level crime, nuisance and intimidation of the sort we have heard reported in Bryanston Square.Ooooh, it's going to be an uncomfortable time at the next Diversity Workshop for you now, Nickie!
“We do what we can to break up these camps, but it is difficult for local people and I wholly understand their frustrations.”
A spokesman for the Met said officers were looking into the Bryanston Square incident.They are mounting a token effort while the cameras are on them, you mean?