BRAVE BY­STANDERS THWART THIEVES

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Thieves in Lon­don were caught on cam­era last week when they at­tempted to steal a Du­cati 1199 Pani­gale in broad day­light, while threat­en­ing to kill passers-by who were try­ing to in­ter­vene. One thief cut through the disc lock with a bat­tery- pow­ered an­gle grinder whi le the other threat­ened the gath­er­ing crowd with a ham­mer.

Once they at­tempted to take the bike, a group of peo­ple gave chase, one push­ing the thief rid­ing the get­away scooter into a courier van, while the other thief crashed the stolen Du­cati as he at­tempted to es­cape. Rather wor­ry­ingly the bike’s brake lights can be seen op­er­at­ing, sug­gest­ing that the thieves had suc­cess­fully turned on the 1199’s ig­ni­tion. In the end, both rid­ers made their es­cape on the scooter they’d ar­rived on, which is al­most cer­tainly also stolen, and isn’t even dis­play­ing a num­ber­plate.

The Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice have said the sus­pects at­tempted to steal two bikes that day, and are de­scribed as be­ing in their 20s, one white and one of Mediter­ranean ap­pear­ance. While the en­quiries are still on-go­ing, the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice tell us no ar­rests have yet been made.

‘Both rid­ers made their es­cape on the scooter’

A bat­tery grinder is used to cut the disc lock

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