Friday 10 September 2010 10.17am
Has anyone else noticed in the past few weeks the areas around the borough market have become a hotbed of aggressive begging. It's always been a problem, but has escalated to a whole new issue. You cannot stand outside the Market Porter
and have a drink without an onslaught of people in your face demanding money. It's absolutely blatant and it's outrageous that it seems to be tolerated by the local police.
Last night I had the usual massive black Rastafarian guy right in my face telling me I need to give him a pound, then three junkies in succession demanding cash and cigarettes.
Not to mention the useless bearded moron that sits by the Lloyds cash point heckling people as they take money out of the wall. Can't even buy a pint of milk in Sainsburys without having to step over some women lying on a cardboard bed.
It needs to be stopped because as the nights draw in I predict there will be muggings - 100%.
I am keen to raise this issue officially but the police are simply not interested, I have phoned them many times and they simply say they are too busy.
I love the SE1 and I am watching go down the toilet and really bothers me. Anyone else feel strongly about this/keen to try and do something about it and raise the profile of this problem?