A Marylebone Association member has reported to us more problems with Eastern European migrants in our area. She has telephoned the police twice in the last month in regard to the increasing number of migrants who have taken up residence in Paddington St Gardens and proving to be a real social nuisance. There are also increasing numbers of aggressive beggars in Marylebone High Street. Our member commented "While the Police information line on 101 try to be helpful , promising to send a police car round "within the hour" is not helpful, as these people are well-versed in our feeble policing methods the park emptied of 14 of them within 10 seconds of them spotting me phoning the police."
The member went on to say "A measure of the seriousness and the increasing threat is demonstrated by my recent experience a group of 12 men and 2 women were gathered, most consuming alcohol and were much the worse for wear as a result, some right underneath the notice forbidding the consumption of alcohol. When I remonstrated with them I was confronted by abusive verbal and physical behaviour. One drunk ran over to the railings and yelled at me, at very close quarters, luckily through railings, to "F*** Off". This was extremely unpleasant, and upsetting.
Luckily, a young woman stopped to give me moral support. Although it was daylight, I felt unsafe, threatened and in some danger. I now fear the group may try to track me down. Of course, I reported the incident, on 101. I am a pretty fearless individual, but also an OAP."
We would be interested in other reader's views on these increasing problems in our area.