Friday 22 March 2013 10.49pm
Sadly will be wasted effort in terms of stopping this behaviour I fear. The courts will not issue any effective penalties, those deportable will have 'lost' their passports and will disappear. However, in disrupting this kind of activity I have no doubt that they will pick up people wanted for much more serious offences, from pick-pocketing to drugs to people-trafficking. That is the real value in these kinds of ventures. While the petty offences will continue, there is usually a bigger fish or two to be caught for something more serious..
In terms of Londons image, there is not a city in the world where this kind of thing does not happen. What stuns me is the naivete of those who think they will win cash from these 'tricks'.