‘Scary’ stunts are putting lives at risk

Re­ports rise of moped riders caus­ing havoc

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

MOPED riders driv­ing dan­ger­ously in Ruis­lip and East­cote have led to se­ri­ous com­plaints from res­i­dents who have raised their fears with a crime aware­ness group.

One per­son has re­ported a group of young­sters on mopeds swerv­ing in and around of a fire truck while on an emer­gency call.

The Face­book Crime Aware­ness Group for the Ruis­lip and East­cote area now has more than 8,000 mem­bers and one of the most com­mon is­sues re­ported are bike riders weav­ing across the road and do­ing wheel­ies.

Sight­ings of dan­ger­ous moped rid­ing have sparked fears that some­one might be se­ri­ously in­jured.

The re­ported in­ci­dent in Uxbridge Road in­volv­ing the fire truck came from a fire­fighter who said the young­sters weaved in and out of the road around the truck and pulled stunts.

A dif­fer­ent re­port posted on Sun­day Oc­to­ber 3 de­scribed a moped rider do­ing a wheelie with cars be­hind him in Whitby Road, while an­other mem­ber of the pub­lic said they had their wing mir­ror clipped af­ter swerv­ing in a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent.

An ac­count was re­ported on Satur­day Oc­to­ber 29 of two peo­ple with their faces cov­ered rid­ing mo­tor­bikes through Bess­ingby Park at “high speed”.

The in­ci­dent was de­scribed as a “scary ex­pe­ri­ence”, and mem­bers of the pub­lic were said to have had to move out of the way as the riders sped by.

These are just a few ex­am­ples of many re­ports sur­fac­ing in the group, and some are sug­gest­ing an in­creased po­lice pres­ence is needed on the streets to tackle the prob­lem.

Chief In­spec­tor Rob Bryan with the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice said thefts of mopeds and mo­tor­bikes have in­creased across London and Hilling­don, as well as the il­le­gal use of them.

He added: “A Lon­don­wide op­er­a­tion is in place to tackle this of­fend­ing called Op­er­a­tion Venice.

“Lo­cally we have seen good re­sults al­ready.

“In Ruis­lip, lo­cal of­fi­cers re­cently un­der­took a num­ber of raids on ad­dresses where we sus­pected stolen bikes were be­ing stored.

“Re­cently a moped rider was ar­rested and found in pos­ses­sion of drugs and a knife.

“This is a tar­geted op­er­a­tion and those sus­pected of crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity will be caught.”

Ch Ins Bryan said any­one who sees a moped or mo­tor­bike be­ing rid­den dan­ger­ously should call po­lice im­me­di­ately, and any­one with in­for­ma­tion about stolen bikes should call 101 or Crimes­top­pers on 0800 555111.

If you have seen or been in­volved in an in­ci­dent with dan­ger­ous moped rid­ing con­tact getwest­lon­don via a l e x a n d e r. b a l l i n g e r @ trin­i­tymir­ror.com .

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