Met Police allowed to knock moped thieves off bikes at high speed

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption The Met said drivers aim to end pursuits before riders or members of the public are injured

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption The Met said drivers aim to end pursuits before riders or members of the public are injured

Not the end of the world is it when thieves are being purposely knocked from their mopeds?

Footage released on Friday by the Met show the tactics that specially trained drivers are now able to use to reduce the need for pursuits and prevent injury occurring to offenders and members of the public.

And the numbers show that it's working because there has been a 36 percent reduction in thefts involving mopeds or scooters since the new methods were adopted a year ago.

The Met Police warn that the crimes can happen at any time of the day or night and some criminals have stolen up to 30 phones in an hour.

Police in the United Kingdom are adopting new tactics to combat so called moped thieves, using their own vehicles to knock them off their bikes, even when travelling at high speed.

Handbags, watches and other items have been targeted.

But earlier this year the Home Office has said it wanted to "smash the myth" and give police officers the confidence to give chase knowing they will not be held responsible for the actions of the criminal.

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The Met said use of "tactical contact" was now regularly being used to end pursuits in the capital.

Moped thieves are being deliberately rammed by police vehicles as part of a crackdown officers say is having a big impact on two-wheeled crime.

Latest figures show from January 2017 to October 2017 there were 19,455 crimes committed using mopeds in London, compared with the same period this year when there were 12,419 offences - a drop of more than 7,000 or 36%.

Commander Amanda Pearson of Frontline Policing, said: "There is a perception that if you remove your helmet or fail to stop for police when requested to do so we will not take any further course of action".

"However, we are not complacent and we will continue to work tirelessly across London to maintain this downward trend".

A spokesperson said the tactic is not new but is being used more often by its most highly trained drivers working on Operation Venice; the team set up to tackle scooter gangs.

The theft of mopeds and motorcycles themselves - as well as their use as getaway vehicles for other crimes - are both of concern to police.

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