Commissioner deploys mounted police and Border Agency. UKBA checked the identities of 25 Romanians in Park Lane.
POLICE officers on horseback swooped on groups of east Europeans sleeping rough in the West End hours after the Metropolitan Police Commissioner heard complaints from Westminster residents’ groups.
They targeted hotspots in Brantson Square, Walmer Place, Marble Arch and Park Lane on Thursday accompanied by UK Border Agency staff.
Police moved on rough sleepers, while the UKBA checked the identities of 25 Romanians in Park Lane.
Police Sergeant Simon Reason said: “The officers on horses have a specific role. It means increased visibility. They also have a different viewpoint and can spot things we don’t.”
On Wednesday night the Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe held an open meeting with members of the public at Regent Hall in Oxford Street.
The meeting was open to all residents from Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham, but only around 30 people came to listen to the Commissioner’s “vision for the future of policing”.
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