Oxford Street Is 'Dangerous', Says UAE
Thursday 21st August 2014
Scotland Yard says there's 'absolutely nowhere in London which should be avoided' after the United Arab Emirates released a map of "dangerous places".
Oxford Street and Piccadilly are among the areas identified as having high rates of pickpocketing, theft and fraud.
Edgware Road and Soho were also considered to be among the most dangerous areas, while less perilous were Shepherd’s Bush and Queensway.
The UAE foreign ministry noted that the areas included Selfridges, which is popular among Emirati tourists.
The warning by the UAE foreign ministry follows two attacks on Emiratis in London this year. Police made four arrests in April after three Emirati sisters were seriously injured in the middle of the night by an attacker who entered their hotel room near Marble Arch.
Two weeks later, an Emirati couple were robbed at gunpoint in a Paddington flat.
But the Met Police insisted London was safe for tourists, saying: "There is absolutely nowhere in London which should be avoided.
"We understand the incidents involving Emirati nationals earlier this year was shocking, but it was also very, very rare.
"London is one of the safest major cities in the world and crime continues to fall and overall crime in Westminster is down by 16.4%.
"Police presence is high and post-Ramadan, with the traditional influx of visitors from the UAE, we reviewed our policing plans so we have a strong presence from our policing teams and officers working in plain clothes."