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There is "absolutely nowhere in London which should be avoided", Scotland Yard has insisted after the United Arab Emirates released a map of "dangerous areas" in the capital.
Oxford Street and Piccadilly are among the areas identified in maps published by the UAE foreign ministry as having high rates of pickpocketing, theft and fraud
Dangerous areas included Marble Arch station, Edgware Road and beyond the Metropole Hotel, as well as an area including Piccadilly, Bond Street, Soho, Leicester Square, Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road. The ministry describes the West End as an area of global trade and said: "This area includes the famous Selfridges, which attracts many Emiratis."
The United Arab Emirates' Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released a map showing what it thinks are "dangerous areas" of London. It named Oxford Street, Edgware Road, Piccadilly and Soho as the worst areas.
The advice came after two incidents where citizens from the Emirates were attacked by armed robbers in London. However, the Metropolitan Police has said it does not believe that tourists need to avoid any areas of the capital.