London is set for a busy couple of months. The Queen's Jubilee celebrations have in part begun culminating with some spectacular events in June 2012. Then in July the London 2012 Olympics will start. Tourists from across of the country and the Globe are expected to flood into London. Sadly they will not be the only ones.
Media sources have reported today that an influx of people from Romania is being experienced in London. Many if not all are said to be either beggars, prostitutes or pickpockets. All must be the "professional" kind in order to be able to make their way to the UK. Either that or they may form part of criminal gangs.
London has many busy and bustling streets but the police will be appealing for people to act in a sensible manner. This means ensuring that expensive items are out of sight, money is not flashed about and handbags, purses and wallets are kept in a secure place at all times.
Develop a tough exterior as far as street beggars go. This blogger is often guilty of falling for a sob story and giving in to beggars but remember some of these will not be in true need of money. These London 2012 beggars could be laughing all the way to the bank.
Some media sources have reported coach loads of would be beggars and pickpockets arriving in London daily. This could be scaremongering. They have also reported that the authorities have claimed they do not have the resources to deal with the problem.
Well they better find the resources, hadn't they.
The UK fought long and hard to secure the Olympics 2012. It would be a shame to squander the tourist potential this Summer will offer the UK through penny pinching. According to the mailonline, Romanian crime syndicates are flooding London with hundreds of pickpockets, prostitutes and beggars ahead of the Olympics. Coachloads of penniless migrants are arriving in the capital every day, many already armed with maps directing them to the best patches, which they have been ordered to defend from rivals.
Perhaps foolishly this blogger would presume that UK Border Agency staff would have some powers, and similarly so would the police force. There are reports of an increased number of Romanians sleeping rough in some of the tourist areas of London such as Marble Arch.
The reports make for dire reading and it would appear that the time for Government action is long overdue. For heaven's sake get a grip or are we to face more problem deportations following the Olympics?
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog