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Paddington Street Gardens – OAP abused by migrants

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.

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Comments 5

Guest - Emily on Monday, 21 September 2015 12:55
OAP park

I really miss this lovely bit of Marylebone green that used to belong to dog walkers, children and office workers for lunch break. I have highlighted that the recycle bins attract and also offer shield for the migrants who use this park solely for inappropriate behaviour. First the bins need to be removed to a space which is more appropriate, next the migrants should be encouraged to not stay all day and move benches and overtake the park. It's become the default spot from Marble Arch and amazes me how dog walkers, personal trainers etc must adhere to strict park rules such as no training, no having your dog off lead but others are immune to rules and polite guidelines so the park can be enjoyed by everyone.

I really miss this lovely bit of Marylebone green that used to belong to dog walkers, children and office workers for lunch break. I have highlighted that the recycle bins attract and also offer shield for the migrants who use this park solely for inappropriate behaviour. First the bins need to be removed to a space which is more appropriate, next the migrants should be encouraged to not stay all day and move benches and overtake the park. It's become the default spot from Marble Arch and amazes me how dog walkers, personal trainers etc must adhere to strict park rules such as no training, no having your dog off lead but others are immune to rules and polite guidelines so the park can be enjoyed by everyone.
Guest - Ann Marie Johnson (Mrs.) on Monday, 21 September 2015 15:10
Paddington Gardens

Hello - thanks for this and may I just add a comment too in that having organised for the police to try to move on / arrange for bedding to be removed etc. on numerous occasions lately another "family" returned to our street yesterday morning. Same day, Sunday, I cut through the gardens from the farmers market and was treated to the sight of a woman using the bushes as a loo....

Whatever can be done ? Reader members might also like to know that there is a strong possibility that our 3 local constables will be made redundant to accommodate financial cuts overall leaving us with a response team that will patrol in their cars but not get to know residents, watch out for the vulnerable or generally be visible "on the ground" in our locality as is currentently the case.

Hello - thanks for this and may I just add a comment too in that having organised for the police to try to move on / arrange for bedding to be removed etc. on numerous occasions lately another "family" returned to our street yesterday morning. Same day, Sunday, I cut through the gardens from the farmers market and was treated to the sight of a woman using the bushes as a loo.... Whatever can be done ? Reader members might also like to know that there is a strong possibility that our 3 local constables will be made redundant to accommodate financial cuts overall leaving us with a response team that will patrol in their cars but not get to know residents, watch out for the vulnerable or generally be visible "on the ground" in our locality as is currentently the case.
Guest - Gloria May on Tuesday, 22 September 2015 07:19
Ms

The drinkers also appear in Broadstone Place in the mornings and at night, they fight and are noisy and unpleasant. Maybe they go there when moved on from the Gardens.

The drinkers also appear in Broadstone Place in the mornings and at night, they fight and are noisy and unpleasant. Maybe they go there when moved on from the Gardens.
Guest - Derek Morton on Thursday, 01 October 2015 12:02
Derek

Where are the police/ community officers. no action is taken against these people unless a complaint is made their inappropriate behaviour goes unchecked.
Begging in the High Street. the same people beg in the same spot in the high street day in and day out because they are allowed to, no action ever seems to be taken to move them on. If only people would stop given they would soon go away.

Where are the police/ community officers. no action is taken against these people unless a complaint is made their inappropriate behaviour goes unchecked. Begging in the High Street. the same people beg in the same spot in the high street day in and day out because they are allowed to, no action ever seems to be taken to move them on. If only people would stop given they would soon go away.
Guest - George on Tuesday, 10 November 2015 06:06
Paddington Street Gardens

Hmm that word no action it seems to be the whole of Marylebone no action and all talk Maybe the residents should start patrolling the streets to reclaim them back and make things nice again around Marylebone as police keep telling me there funding as been cut really bad and they do shout at you if you phone 999 they want me to phone 101 all time and its not free from pay as you go phones maybe thats there new income as they do plug it everytime i speak to them operators the way things are going in Marylebone there wont be any police in 5 years it be private security Gaurds or left to defend for yourself dog eat dog

Hmm that word no action it seems to be the whole of Marylebone no action and all talk Maybe the residents should start patrolling the streets to reclaim them back and make things nice again around Marylebone as police keep telling me there funding as been cut really bad and they do shout at you if you phone 999 they want me to phone 101 all time and its not free from pay as you go phones maybe thats there new income as they do plug it everytime i speak to them operators the way things are going in Marylebone there wont be any police in 5 years it be private security Gaurds or left to defend for yourself dog eat dog
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