PM: Po­lice are right to ram moped gangs

The Mail on Sunday - - Tina Weaver - By Martin Beck­ford HOME AF­FAIRS EDI­TOR

THERESA MAY has given her back­ing to po­lice drivers who ram moped gangs off the road.

The Prime Min­is­ter said it was ‘ab­so­lutely right’ that of­fi­cers pro­vide a ‘ro­bust re­sponse’ to thieves and mug­gers who are ter­ror­is­ing parts of Lon­don.

She spoke out af­ter Scot­land Yard sparked con­tro­versy by show­ing footage of its Op­er­a­tion Venice units de­lib­er­ately driv­ing into moped and mo­tor­bike rid­ers dur­ing chases.

The Met said it showed that spe­cially trained drivers will use ‘tac­ti­cal con­tact’ to catch sus­pects, even if they take their hel­mets off.

But while the tough tac­tic was praised by the pub­lic and Home Sec­re­tary Sajid Javid, Labour’s Shadow Home Sec­re­tary Diane Ab­bott called it ‘dan­ger­ous’.

Some of the sus­pects have suf­fered bro­ken bones, while there are con­cerns that po­lice drivers will be dis­ci­plined and even pros­e­cuted if a chase ends in se­ri­ous in­jury.

But asked about the row dur­ing her trip to Ar­gentina, Mrs May said: ‘The peo­ple on these mopeds are act­ing un­law­fully, they are com­mit­ting crimes and I think it’s ab­so­lutely right that we see a ro­bust po­lice re­sponse to that.’

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