Romanians booted off Imperial War Museum grounds back sleeping rough at Marble Arch
Moved on: A group were cleared from the grounds of the Imperial War Museum Picture: Nigel Howard
Homeless east European migrants booted out of the Imperial War Museum grounds are back in force in the West End.
Several groups of about a dozen can be seen camping out in and around Marble Arch and Park Lane and there are also reports of increased begging along Oxford Street and Edgware Road.
Their return comes after between five and 10 rough sleepers were moved on from the Peace Garden at the museum last week when they were caught spending the night inside a stone circle. Workers had also complained about cleaning up human excrement, used condoms and beer cans.
Councillor Jack Hopkins, cabinet member for safer and stronger neighbourhoods at Lambeth Council, said around 10 rough sleepers were “cleared” from the Waterloo area yesterday morning as part of a drive to get the “legitimately” homeless into housing programmes.
“No-one needs to beg or sleep rough in Lambeth,” he added.
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