Cllr Nickie Aiken, Westminster City Council cabinet member for community protection, said: “We do not recognise the picture that the UAE Foreign Ministry is painting. Westminster is a safe city, and we welcome millions of tourists every year to see world-renowned landmarks and attractions, including Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Street.
“Where we spot new problems arising, which might affect people’s perception of safety in London’s premier shopping hubs, we are quick to act. For example, we are currently working with partners to ensure that people who take to the streets of London purely to try and fleece tourists of their money can be dealt with swiftly and effectively. Because of our proactive approach to tackling such issues, London is one of the safest cities in the world, as well as one of the most visited.”