Moped mon­sters

In broad day­light, brazen thugs steal traff ic war­den’s bike – then beat and stamp on his head in sav­age at­tack

The Mail on Sunday - - News - By Martin Beck­ford

A TRAF­FIC war­den told how he was ‘lucky to be alive’ last night af­ter be­ing dragged off his moped and re­peat­edly kicked in the head in the lat­est shock­ing ex­am­ple of Wild West Bri­tain.

Char­lie We­ston was sub­jected to what po­lice called ‘sick­en­ing vi­o­lence’ be­fore his moped was stolen, while by­s­tanders filmed the at­tack on mo­bile phones.

The 21-year-old told The Mail on Sun­day how he sud­denly found him­self sur­rounded by the yobs as he was go­ing about his du­ties in Alum Rock, Birm­ing­ham.

He said: ‘I didn’t no­tice peo­ple com­ing up be­hind me, I just turned and saw a man in a hoodie with the cords tight­ened so I couldn’t see his face. The bike wasn’t what they were af­ter, they wanted to give me a kick­ing.’

Mr We­ston was dragged off his moped and thrown into the road. As he lay on the ground, one thug ran up to kick him in the back and an­other pulled up the vi­sor of his hel­met be­fore stamp­ing on his head at least six times.

An­other joined in be­fore run­ning across the road to steal the moped.

Mr We­ston said: ‘While they were stamp­ing on me, they kept on try­ing to take my hel­met off but I just kept my head cov­ered. I was on the floor for a good few min­utes af­ter it hap­pened. I thought they’d bro­ken my jaw. I do gen­uinely feel lucky to be alive – I didn’t think I was go­ing to get back up.’

Mr We­ston – who works for pri­vate con­trac­tor NSL on be­half of Birm­ing­ham City Coun­cil – spent four hours in hos­pi­tal.

But de­spite be­ing left with in­juries to his face and hav­ing to take painkillers, he was back on pa­trol yes­ter­day.

A 20-year-old man was ar­rested yes­ter­day morn­ing on sus­pi­cion of rob­bery but West Mid­lands Po­lice are still seek­ing three sus­pects as well as two by­s­tanders.

Last night po­lice chiefs, MPs and coun­cil­lors united to con­demn the crime. West Mid­lands Chief Con­sta­ble Dave Thompson said: ‘This is ab­so­lutely sick­en­ing but these men are very iden­ti­fi­able. Help us catch these yobs.’

His col­league De­tec­tive Sergeant Tom Lyons said: ‘I was ab­so­lutely fu­ri­ous when I saw the footage. The level of vi­o­lence used is truly shock­ing, and I know ev­ery right­minded per­son who views it will share that anger.’ Birm­ing­ham MP Liam Byrne warned on­line: ‘We need to ar­rest these peo­ple NOW. Some­one knows them.’ And lo­cal coun­cil­lor Waseem Zaf­far added: ‘Any vi­o­lence to­wards our work­force or staff work­ing for con­trac­tors is to­tally un­ac­cept­able.

‘No­body should go to work fear­ing such in­ci­dents.’

HELP­LESS: As the de­fence­less war­den lies prone on the ground, one of the gang con­tin­ues to stamp on his back

SO BRU­TAL: Thugs wres­tle Mr We­ston off his moped, left, and be­gin their as­sault as one jumps on his bike

Mr We­ston yes­ter­day BACK ON PA­TROL:

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