Romanians sleeping rough in London have tripled just months after borders opened… (and 2,000 are arrested in 12 weeks)
More than 1,000 charges laid for crimes ranging from murder to shoplifting
Aggressive begging, pickpocketing and prostitution on the rise
Romanian beggars seen washing in fountains and defecating in public
MP Mark Field calls for Government to take urgent action
The number of Romanian immigrants sleeping rough in some of the wealthiest areas of the capital has trebled since EU restrictions on movement were lifted in January.
The rise in vagrants is reported to have sparked a spate of aggressive begging, pickpocketing and prostitution, which is blighting exclusive London addresses such as Park Lane.
Revelations about the influx come after politicians dismissed predictions that there would be a fresh wave of immigration when Bulgarians and Romanians were given unrestricted rights to work in the UK on January 1. Yet now the problem has become so acute that Westminster Council is set to hold high-level talks with Home Office officials next week.