These dramatic photos immediately reveal Scotland Yard’s new hardline battle on London’s violent moped gangs.
Extraordinary dashcam footage reveals police pursuit drivers ramming fleeing moped thugs, sending them sprawling within the street. Police stated the brand new technique of ending pursuits with what the Met calls “tactical contact” was now in frequent use throughout London.
The Met say the ways are being utilized by specifically skilled “Skorpion” drivers and are designed to rapidly finish pursuits earlier than riders or the general public are injured. Scotland Yard launched the footage immediately with a warning to moped thugs that officers will pursue them even when they discard their helmets or experience dangerously.
Prior to now police have deserted chases in some instances as a result of officers feared they might be prosecuted if riders are injured or die. In the present day’s dashcam photos present fleeing moped riders being hit from behind by police drivers and despatched tumbling over the bonnet of police automobiles or into the street. Some are clearly shocked by what has occurred.
Tactical contact: dashcam footage reveals a thug despatched tumbling over the bonnet of a police automobile
Senior officers admit some riders have been injured within the incidents and these instances have been referred to the police watchdog.
Police say it is only one of a variety of recent measures, known as Operation Venice, to sort out gangs who steal mopeds and use them to rob pedestrians of telephones and different valuables. Victims have included cash skilled Martin Lewis and comic Michael McIntyre, robbed by two males on a moped whereas parked exterior his kids’s college.
A suspect is knocked into the street
There have been 2,000 swoops in Operation Venice to this point, resulting in 736 arrests. Figures this yr confirmed the variety of offences by criminals on mopeds had elevated 30-fold in 5 years in London. Some riders have stolen as much as 30 telephones in an hour. In Might two teenage robbers dubbed “21st century highwaymen” had been every jailed for greater than 20 years after stabbing charity employee Abdul Samad to demise in Paddington to get his iPhone.
Officers shut in on fleeing moped robbers
Police say a mixture of ways — which additionally embrace utilizing scrambler bikes, DNA sprays and stinger units to deflate tyres — is decreasing moped crime. Figures present 12,419 moped-related offences from January to October, in contrast with 19,455 in the identical interval final yr, down 44 per cent.
Met Commander Amanda Pearson stated police drivers weighed up the dangers of creating contact, including: “The general public fairly rightly count on us to intervene to maintain London protected.”