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April saw the mainstream press running stories about Eastern European migrants “flooding” into London in anticipation of the Olympics, arriving as beggars, pickpockets and prostitutes.
The Independent reported that some “are understood to have come armed with Google Map print-outs of Marble Arch, which has drawn crowds of rough sleepers in recent weeks.”
A councillor in Westminster City Council, Nickie Aiken, told the paper: “There are no effective border controls on those coming into the UK and making their way to Victoria coach station and we are paying the price of that with a sudden influx of eastern European rough sleepers - especially Romanians - around Marble Arch.”
• If any readers in London have experience of this ‘flood’ please email email@example.com