Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by CHARLES W PALMER

COPS are pos­ing as take­away de­liv­ery men to catch moped gangs.

The Metropoli­tan Po­lice is test­ing out the tac­tic to cut the shock­ing num­ber of rob­beries and vi­o­lent crime against de­liv­ery rid­ers.

By pre­tend­ing to trans­port take­aways on the back of a moped, of­fi­cers hope to lure yobs into an at­tack and catch them red-handed.

In the cap­i­tal, re­cently dubbed “Law­less Lon­don”, 23,000 crimes on mo­tor­bikes were re­ported last year com­pared to 900 five years ear­lier. Now the fear of as­sault from ham­mer­wield­ing thugs has made driv­ers refuse to drop off in cer­tain ar­eas.

On Friday, two teens were ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of rob­bery which left a 24-year-old woman crit­i­cal in hos­pi­tal af­ter she was punched for her bag in Edg­ware, north Lon­don.

It is not just Lon­don which has been hit by a wave in mo­tor­bike crime, 83 in­ci­dents were also re­ported in Birm­ing­ham last year and take­away gi­ants De­liv­eroo and Uber Eats are work­ing closely with the Home Of­fice.

But a spokesman from the Met said: “We can­not con­firm or deny the ex­is­tence of such an op­er­a­tion or tac­tic.”

In May, the Met recorded the low­est monthly fig­ure of moped crime since Jan­uary 2017.

Nick Hurd, the min­is­ter for polic­ing, said: “The po­lice are work­ing hard to tackle moped crime.”

TAR­GET: Moped thugs

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