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Police pursuit laws under review to tackle moped crime

Home Office launches review amid officers’ fears they could be prosecuted if chase ends in crash

THE Government has launched a review of laws around police pursuits to help officers clamp down on scooter-riding gangs.

Police figures show the number of crimes committed using scooters in London has tripled in a year, from 5,145 in the 12 months to June 2016 to 16,158 in the following 12 months.

Yet officers have expressed concerns they could be prosecuted if a chase ends in injury, while offenders sometimes remove their helmets to discourage pursuit.

Policing minister Nick Hurd said: “This Government is determined to get ahead of and tackle emerging threats like motorcycle-related crimes, including those involving mopeds and scooters.

“People must be able to go about their daily lives without fear of harassment or attack and criminals must not think they can get away with a crime by riding or driving in a certain way or on a certain type of vehicle.

“Tackling this emerging crime will take a combined effort from Government, law enforcement, industry partners and civil society.

“However, police have made us aware of the concern among some officers over the legal position when pursuing suspected offenders, including those on mopeds and scooters.

“While it is clearly vital that we protect public safety and that officers are accountable for their actions, it is also important that skilled officers have the confidence to protect the public by pursuing offenders where it is safe to do so.”

The review has been welcomed by the Police Federation of England and Wales.

Tim Rogers, the Federation’s lead on the issue, said: “Momentum has been gathering in recent months and this marks a significant step in bringing about the change we feel is necessary.

“Trained professionals are being judged by the same standards as a member of the public in any normal driving situation with no differentiation in law to recognise the professional training emergency response drivers undertake.”

Comments

BwokStrip's picture

This needs to happen as soon as possible. If police are worried about being prosecuted for doing their job then clearly the law needs to change.
The longer we leave these scumbags to run amok with no fear of repercussions the more innocent people become victims. Stop protecting the criminals and resume protecting law abiding citizens.

Break law = outlaw = protective laws don't apply either. Don't pick and choose. If you break the law then I think police should be allowed to treat you like the scum you are... Knock you off, helmet or not. Make the choice, pay the price.

BwokStrip's picture

Exactly, play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

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