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Officers are clearing areas in the City of Westminster, Camden, Croydon, Islington, Lambeth and Southwark, in partnership with local authorities, the Home Office and other government agencies.
Under the banner of Operation Encompass, police say they are cracking down on illegal immigrants and begging in these hotspots. Officers have made several arrests, issued anti-social behaviour notices and are seeking ASBOs against the rough sleepers.
Scotland Yard officers questioned several people looking for homeless foreign travellers.
One person has been extradited to Romania for breaching immigration rules. Another person has volunteered to leave the UK for Romania.
Around 40 eastern Europeans were removed from Marble Arch. Officers were seen checking their identification and photographing the travellers.
The Met says today's operation is part of a long running campaign to target organised gangs who arrive in London from eastern Europe to beg for money before going back to their home country.
- A total of 37 people were processed by the Met and The UK Border Agency.
- 35 people were issued with cease and desist notices.
- One person will be removed from the UK by the Boarder Agency.
- One person will voluntarily leave the UK for Romania.
The UK Border Agency already has the power to send home any EU nationals not exercising their EU Treaty rights.