Incredible moment that the police RAM of his moped suspects after a quick chase through busy city streets
Stunning images show the moment when a suspected moped thief is rammed off his bicycle by a specially trained police after a high-speed chase through East London.
The dash-cam video shows a police car that hits the engine in Victoria Park while officers call the & # 39; tactical contact & # 39; perform on a busy street while pedestrians pass by.
The incident, filmed for a Channel 5 documentary, captures the controversial new tactics of the Metropolitan Police in graphic detail to be crackdown on the scooter-cycle wave that has plagued the capital.
Last year the method was rolled out across the country after a wave of incidents where people on mopeds grabbed phone calls from people, watches and bags, made their way into jewelers and stabbed everyone who stood in their way.
Officers for the Met Police, which has launched a special task force called Operation Venice aimed at aiming the crooks, are filmed in response to reports of a suspect on a red moped in a Hi-Vis vest.
Teams race to where he was spotted for the last time, with images of the moped that turned around another vehicle away.
A few seconds later he tries to maneuver another police car before he bumps into the hood and the driver is thrown to the ground.
The moped tries to maneuver around another police car while the rider tries to escape
The moped suspect then hits the hood and the rider is thrown to the ground before being surrounded by officers
While the suspect is trying to flee, an officer sprays him with a high-tech & # 39; water gun & # 39; which marks moped riders with invisible liquid that can later be used to link them to a crime.
The aerosol sprays culprits with forensically labeled fluid called SelectaDNA, which remains on skin, clothing and vehicles for three months and glows under UV light.
Several agents can then be seen who wrestle the suspect before he is arrested. The driver appears not to be injured after the crash and is treated by ambulance teams.
An officer tells the Channel 5 documentary Snatch and Grab: Moped Gangs on the Rampage, says: & # 39; The conclusion of the pursuit came about through tactical contact.
While the suspect is trying to flee, an officer sprays him with a high-tech & # 39; water gun & # 39; which marks moped riders with invisible fluid that can later be used to link them to a crime.
Several agents can then be seen who wrestle the suspect before he is arrested. The driver appears not to be injured after the crash and is treated by ambulance teams
& # 39; That's one of the many options we have.
& # 39; In this case, it was justifiable for the way of driving, on a footpath, through a park, endangering people's lives.
What is police guidance about & # 39; tactical contact & # 39 ;?
Police said the guidelines for the use of vehicles when stopping mopeds are similar to those for the use of force by officers on foot.
Officers are told that they can only use force if it is & # 39; absolutely necessary, reasonable and proportional & # 39; is.
Police drivers must bear this in mind when deciding whether to fall into a fleeing moped.
While police may have been more reluctant to pursue robbers without helmets in previous years, the peak in moped crime has concentrated the heads of Scotland Yard leaders.
More training for & # 39; scorpion & # 39; drivers and the increasingly dangerous robbers' tactics have led to the method being used on a larger scale.
& # 39; We cannot allow that to continue.
& # 39; If we had not done this, what would he have done later? & # 39;
The suspect was arrested on suspicion of five offenses, unstoppable for the police, suspected theft of a motor vehicle, possession of a class drug with intent to deliver, in the absence of a roadside drug test and dangerous driving.
It is unclear whether he has ever been charged or convicted.
Another police officer tells the documentary: & # 39; We don't feel like dropping them off and injuring them.
& # 39; However, that is a tactic available to us. If it is suitable for us to use it, we will use it. & # 39;
The documentary also interviews members of moped gangs who commit crimes, and civilian guards who risk their lives to hunt down the criminals.
The & # 39; tactical contact & # 39; method used by the police to catch thieves sees the police removing criminals from their scooters or dumping them on the hood of police cars.
The Met has launched a special task force, Operation Venice, to combat the crime wave of the scooter.
Last year, tactics were rolled out across the country after a seemingly unstoppable wave of crime seized the capital, with mobility scooters grabbing people's phones, watches and bags, paving their way in jewelers and stabbing everyone in the way.
Some mopeds rob 30 victims in an hour alone, with those coming out of the metro being seen as an easy target.
Policemen are also injured by thieves coming straight at them.
Victims of the wave of incidents were former chancellor of the treasury George Osborne and comedian Michael McIntyre, who was robbed of his Rolex by two men while it was parked outside his children's school.
Scotland Yard was rather frustrated with catching the criminals, who often took off their helmets to make officers think before they chased them.
The latest figures now show the number of thefts and snatches in London halving in the 12 months to the end of March.
Figures show that in 2018-19 there were 11,390 moped-based crimes, compared to 23,896 in the same period of the previous year.
Last month a gang of moped thieves was exposed by BGT judge Amanda Holden for threatening to jerk a toddler for a total of 68 years.
The 12-person crowd performed a series of high-profile raids around the capital – even trying to steal TV cameras from bridges on the university boat race course – before they left on mopeds.
Mrs. Holden became involved after four gang members were caught at CCTV aimed at her neighbor, Pheobe Ruele, when she brought her daycare son home.
Bearded Dragon Terry Marsh, along with Steven Weller, John McFadyen and his brother Isaac, tried to rob Miss Reule in the middle of the road and demanded & # 39; give me your rings or I'm going to hurt your child & # 39 ;.
They were noticed by a group of builders who drove them from swinging scaffolding posts.
The gang was finally driven up after another robbery, after a 90-minute chase through 10 London boroughs, which ended when a couple slipped off the bike trying to make a turn at high speed.
All four were imprisoned in Kingston Crown Court, along with six other members of the 12-person gang who were also responsible for a series of striking raids in London. Two were spared in prison.
The gang was behind the theft of £ 170,000 in camera equipment that was used to film the Oxford and Cambridge boat race.
Nine of the twelve had taken 383 previous convictions for burglary, stolen property treatment, car theft, aggravated vehicle admission, assault and robberies between them. The other three men had no previous criminal records.
By getting the criminals off the street, the moped crisis in the capital has decreased by 52 percent in a year, claims the Metropolitan Police.
Snatch and Grab: Moped Gangs on the Rampage in on Channel 5 tonight at 10 p.m.
Captured red (and blue and purple) handed over: How a moped toothworm was caught after being sprayed
The Metropolitan Police started invisible spraying almost two years ago as part of the blitz on scooter gangs.
Mohammad Khaleghi was sprayed with the substance while he was driving dangerously in Camden last May in Camden.
When the police caught up with him later, a UV lamp exposed the spray and he was imprisoned for driving without a license, not stopping and driving dangerously.
The spray is visible under UV light, even in daylight, and helps criminals, such as Khaleghi, link to their crimes
The sprays are used to & # 39; tag a & suspect moped & # 39; without burdening the officer with a serious risk of damage.
UV scanners at police stations can then pick up whether an offender has been sprayed – and so they can be linked to other crimes.
Chief Inspector Jim Corbett said: & 12,000 officers have been trained so far. We are going to train everyone.
& # 39; If they spray an offender at a location, a UV light bulb will pick it up. It contributes to reducing crime without endangering itself. & # 39;
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