Surrounded by barbed-wire fencing and with police on guard 24-hours a day, this homeless Roma gypsy has found the safest place to set up camp in London.
These extraordinary pictures taken at Belgravia police station yesterday, appear to show a homeless man’s tent pitched up right under the noses of the Met police.
It is not known how long the man has been living there, but no doubt officers have been left feeling red-faced by the revelation.
Police and council officials have faced an endless battle to keep Roma gypsies off the streets of central London in recent years.
Home sweet home: Police say the tent has since disappeared, but officers will be checking the spot regularly from now on
For the last two summers, nearby Park Lane has been inundated with unwanted visitors who have been blamed for a surge in begging, pickpocketing, shoplifting and anti-social behaviour.
Large areas of grass are left strewn with rubbish, from suitcases to soiled blankets and half-eaten food, and bushes have been transformed into stinking open cesspools.
Nearby businesses, which include the Dorchester Hotel and a string of luxury car dealerships, are furious at the mess.
Last month, twenty-one Romanians were given a free flight home on the condition that they went straight to Heathrow.