Search

Police say moped crime is on the decline but residents remain concerned

PUBLISHED: 14:00 02 November 2017

Moped-enabled crime has been causing trouble throughout London. Picture: PA ARCHIVE/ PA IMAGES

Moped-enabled crime has been causing trouble throughout London. Picture: PA ARCHIVE/ PA IMAGES

PA Archive/PA Images

Moped-enabled crime which has been causing havoc throughout London is on the decrease according to police, but residents are remaining wary.

Targeted intelligence-led operations, increased arrests, new tactics and joint working carried out since the start of the summer, are all said to be contributing to the decline.

The commissioner Cressida Dick said she was “angered by the apparent perception amongst some criminals that they could operate with near impunity” and that tackling violence is her “priority”.

Over the last three months, there has been a 24pc decrease in scooter-enabled crime.

Only 99 incidents involving mopeds have been reported in Havering since the beginning of the year.

Det Ch Sup Jason Gwillim said: “As a BCU (Basic Command Unit), we take moped enabled crime very seriously, thankfully this crime is relatively low for the three boroughs of Havering, Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham, but of course one crime is too many.

“We have seen the commission of moped enabled crime drop consistently month after month.

“We are planning further operations to ensure criminal get the message that we on the East BCU are tough on crime and will deal robustly with offenders.”

Despite the decreasing figures, residents remain concerned.

Earlier this year, father-of-four Ben, 42, of Hornchurch, spoke to the Recorder about how he was heading home on his moped in Rainham Road, Rainham, when he was suddenly surrounded by a gang of eight, all but one masked, on five mopeds, screaming abuse.

They rammed his moped from behind until Ben hit the pavement, leaving him cornered until the gang rode off with his scooter.

He returned to work a few weeks ago after three months off due to the trauma of what happened.

“There doesn’t seem to be the large groups anymore but smaller groups of two maybe three bikes with two on each.

“There also seems to be a lot more muggings and people from outside the area coming into Havering.

“There is a lot more police activity and you can actually see them trying but it’s only a matter of time until someone really gets hurt.”

Related articles

Latest Romford News Stories

Yesterday, 12:00

Spanish people in Spain? Shock horror.

Yesterday, 10:00

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our Met Office video forecast.

I am sure there are a huge amount of massively relieved 18-year-olds breathing out massive sighs of relief at the realisation that they passed their A-levels.

Fri, 17:00

Think you know what is going on in your area?

Fri, 15:02

The friends and family of three-year-old Isla Caton - who has a rare form of cancer - held a special early birthday party for her before she leaves to go for specialist treatment in Barcelona.

Fri, 14:15

A popular tea shop organised a special celebration for their first anniversary in Hornchurch.

Fri, 11:48

A community that has been left “disappointed” after the decision to build on a contentious open space by their homes was given the green light.

Fri, 09:33

Police are trying to find Rachael Joseph who has been missing since yesterday afternoon.

PROMOTED CONTENT

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

The next step in renewable energy could be right beneath your feet as you walk through a Romford shopping centre.

There are many reasons people decide to join a gym. Some want to pack on muscle for strength, train for endurance, or lose weight. But did you know it also does wonders for your mental health? Two members at Romford’s Better Gym in the Market Place talk about their personal fitness journey and the importance of replacing bad habits with good ones.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

News from your area

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