Watch: hundreds of motorcyclists ride past Parliament in protest over London bike crime

Protest over ‘outrageous escalation’ of motorcycle thefts and bike jackings

HUNDREDS of motorcyclists rode through London on Saturday in protest at the 'outrageous escalation of bike theft and bike-jackings in our country'.

Riders gathered at Regents Park at 9.30am before riding through central London, along Whitehall and past the Houses of Parliament.

It comes after acid was sprayed at six scooter riders in 90 minutes in a series of attacks in London in July, with one victim suffering "life-changing injuries" according to police.

Visordown recently revealed video of a motorcyclist being threatened with a knife and hammer by an armed gang who stole his Ducati from outside his home in Tooting, south London.

Protest organisers ‘#BikersUnited’ say 65 bikes are stolen a day in the capital, while riders increasingly face ‘violence, knives, acid and even death from the thieves’.

Formed of a number of biking groups including MAG, #BikersUnited says on its Facebook page: ‘We represent the 1,000s of riders of motorcycles and scooters in Britain and are protesting about the outrageous escalation of bike theft and bike jackings in our country.’

A message posted by the group following the ride says: ‘Hey everyone a HUGE thank you to all the riders that came out today. It was an amazing turn out will try get a number of attendance for you. As you can imagine with so many bikes it can lead to occasional confusion no plan ever goes without the occasional hiccup so if you ended up touring London away from the group our apologies but hope you enjoyed your day anyway. We had a very positive reaction from the public up on the bridges. Pedestrian, buses, cars, taxis and even cyclists were cheering us on so WELL DONE EVERYONE!!!’