Search

Police use ‘DNA spray’ and stingers in fight to catch moped robbers

PUBLISHED: 15:08 01 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:08 01 November 2017

A photographer captured the moped crooks in action. Picture: CPS

A photographer captured the moped crooks in action. Picture: CPS

Archant

Police are using a special spray to “tag” moped-riding criminals or a stinger device to stop them getting away following a surge in offences across London.

The spray marks the offender with an invisible liquid which is extremely difficult to remove and contains a DNA-style unique code and can be used by officers who arrive during or just after a crime.

Even if the crooks manage to get away the spray can still be used.

Frontline teams have also been kitted out with automatic “stinger” devices that can remotely puncture tyres to stop criminals getting away.

Yesterday the Met disclosed that 400 officers have been trained to use the spray, which has been used for around two months.

The scheme has been financed by money seized from criminals under proceeds of crime measures.

Superintendent Mark Payne, who leads on tackling moped-enabled crime at the Met, said: “It’s a spray officers use to spray offenders with an invisible identifying liquid that is very hard to remove.

“They spray it at the offender at the time the offence is being committed or shortly afterwards. The spray adheres to the offender and the bike.

“We can then attribute the bike and the offender to that particular crime at that particular time and place.

“We’ve installed special UV lights in every custody suite in London so we can detect this type of liquid. It enables us to identify the offender, link the offender to the offence and to the bike.”

In a third tactic, a fleet of new lightweight motorbikes has been rolled out to make police more nimble in their pursuit of suspects, who often use alleyways and narrow streets.

Figures suggest that in the year to September, there were more than 19,385 “moped enabled” crimes in the capital - an average of 53 a day - including thefts and robberies.

Youths even carry out dry runs to practice before launching the raids for real, detectives believe, while it is thought in some cases mobile phones snatched from victim are stolen to order.

Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick said: “I think we are stemming the rise but I want sustained reductions.”

Latest Romford News Stories

11 minutes ago

A man’s body has been found outside a block of flats this morning.

23 minutes ago

Residents will soon be able to get urgent healthcare advice and prescriptions issued from GPs, paramedics and pharmacists over the phone.

More than one in four children finishing primary school in Havering are obese, shocking new data has revealed.

Yesterday, 17:00

Have you got a front page story, or a community issue that you think needs reporting? Then we are happy to announce that we are re-launching our regular readers’ surgeries!

Yesterday, 15:00

Pioneering senior nurses at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust (BHRUT) have been inspired by a Hollywood film to start the country’s first nurse mentoring service.

Yesterday, 12:30

A musical show that blends story telling, traditional and contemporary Irish music is coming to Hornchurch.

Yesterday, 10:03

An initiative which fines parents £100 for dangerous driving around schools could be extended.

Yesterday, 07:00

Havering Council will this month add Upminster Station car park, the area around Romford Station and the Romford Matalan to a list of sites it expects developers to build upon in the next 15 years.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Window and conservatory specialist Ken Rhodes talks about the possibilities for brightening up your home for the new year, and with their home improvement finance deals it’s possible for everyone to make some changes

Lisa and Jennie are cousins who grew up in the borough. Their grandmother, ‘Nanny Fish’ was a huge part of their lives, and while she had dementia and increasing needs, she really benefited from having care in her nephew’s loving home. This experience was the inspiration for Lisa and Jennie to set-up their own home care service.

Breaking News

11 minutes ago

A man’s body has been found outside a block of flats this morning.

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now