Oxford Street: what’s wrong and how to fix it

Oxford Circus

Oxford Street, the UK’s most famous shopping street, has been in the headlines for the wrong reasons again after an attempted crime spree caused chaos last week.

The Metropolitan Police made nine arrests as hundreds of teenagers gathered outside JD Sports after a shoplifting plan went viral on Snapchat and TikTok. The police also handed out more than 30 dispersal orders.

Stores including Muji and Boots lowered their shutters as chaos ensued and traffic was temporarily stopped as four police officers on horseback struggled to manage crowds of people trying to capture the incident on video.

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