Editor’s comment: We will not tolerate these moped thugs
PUBLISHED: 10:41 10 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:41 10 July 2017
As a local newspaper, our job is not only to inform our readers about what is going on in Havering, but it is also to listen to them and to help them fight.
Antisocial behaviour and crime by groups of people on motor scooters – generally called moped-enabled crime by the police – has been plaguing residents in parts of the borough for some time. And they have had enough.
So this week we back your calls for action to stop these thugs.
When we announced on our Facebook page last week that we would be investigating the problem and asked you to tell us your experiences, we had 93 responses in one day.
In one incident, four children were robbed outside KFC in Cherry Tree Lane, Rainham, by around 10 people on mopeds, threatening them with knives.
We have been told of people being harassed while driving, or having their belongings snatched.
Others are fed up with the scooters speeding down residential roads.
Reporter Hayley Anderson has compiled an interactive map showing some of the hotspot areas being targeted by these criminals so you can see just how widespread the problem is.
As the long school summer holidays loom, parents are particularly keen for a police crackdown, and they can be assured their plight has not gone unnoticed.
All three MPs have met, or are planning to meet, the borough police commander and will be raising the issue in parliament.
Recorder reporter Ann-Marie Abbasah has also spoken to police Safer Neighbourhood Teams about what they can do, and the difficulties they face.
Police have been making some arrests and the thugs need to know that the people of Havering will not tolerate their behaviour.
But it is also important to remember that the vast majority of scooter riders are decent, law-abiding people who simply use a scooter for transport. And many of the, too, have been victims of these yobs.