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Police appeal after moped thug threatens officer with 'large knife'

Pursuit by motorcycle-mounted officer ends with police bike tyres slashed

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Submitted by Visordown on Wed, 29/11/2017 - 12:43

Police appeal after moped thug threatens officer with 'large knife'


THE Met is appealing for witnesses after a moped thug threatened a motorcycle officer with a large knife which was then used to attack the police bike tyres.

The officer, on a marked police motorcycle, had signalled for two men on a moped to stop after seeing them ‘acting suspiciously' on Benwell Road in Highbury, north London, at about 2.30pm on November 22.

The two made off but eventually stopped on Sunnyside Road, Archway, a distance of 1.6 miles away.

The force said in an appeal: ‘The pillion then dismounted from the bike, threatened the officer with a large knife, which he then used to strike the tyres of the police bike.’

The two then made off again, leaving the officer uninjured.

No arrests have been made.

Both the moped rider and pillion are described as aged between 18 and 22 and wearing dark clothing and a black helmet.

Visordown reported earlier this month how the Metropolitan Police had said moped crime was falling in London following the introduction of four marked BMW F700GSes.

Detective Inspector Greg Coates of Camden and Islington’s Operation Attrition Unit said of the latest incident: “These men are clearly dangerous and need to be arrested. We are keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed this incident or has any information.

“In particular, we would like to hear from anyone who was in this area at the time and has dashcam footage. If you were in the vicinity of either in Benwell Road, Hornsey Road or Sunnyside Road on Wednesday afternoon, please call police; your information could be vital."

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or contact via Twitter @MetCC. To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online




Who is running this country? Bunch of thugs? They would be dead in us of a already and rightly so. But in U.K. the government will give them protection and benefits. I’m sick of reading these stories. Now not only have to mind the traffic, death wish morons on bicycles, pedestrians but look out for fucking pirates trying to get my bike! F... this sh..t

“the government will give them protection and benefits.”

Err, the yoots aren’t Windsors. But yeah, why weren’t the feckers tazered to the ground into a gibbering mess?

Brits have been so terribly over-domesticated, that even their cops are a bunch of spineless pansy's.

WTF! Don't the police still carry batons and/or been issued tazers? Don't they have radios or panic buttons? How about some training to deal with armed opponents? The police used to be a 'force'... now they are a 'service'. In the service of issuing money making traffic tickets rather than protection and law and order.

I was planning on shipping my bike to England to enjoy the TT and a tour of your country moving onto Europe but since you repeated coverage of crime I've decided to skip the U.K leg altogether, Think i'll spend more time in Morroco instead bound to be safer than visiting pals in London.

Stay away.
There's no crime in Morocco, I'm sure.
Ha ha ha.

Crime isn't new.
Knife crime isn't new.
jeez, we're going to get to the 'videos games, violent movies' train of thought here, aren't we?
With these crimes, I have full sympathy for the victims. I don't doubt that these thugs need to have the full force of the law applied. And I'm pleased to see cases where that happens.
But i don't want anything like america, with its fat trigger happy police. That hardly eliminates crime over there, does it?
Most of these idots will give themselves away on facebook or similar anyway.
Given how security of cars and bikes has improved,. it's an unfortunate side effect that we're going to see more personal crimes that will precede thefts.
certainly sad and worrying, but we shouldn't just abandon our principles and turn into saudi arabia.

But it sounds like nobody was actually injured, so regrettably that's a civil issue for your insurance to deal with. You have to understand that this is low level crime, and there simply aren't the resources available to investigate it.

Oh, it was a police constable you say? Well in that case, send out the Major Incident Unit and cordon off the surrounding area.

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