Officers from the Metropolitan police are now working undercover as takeaway delivery drivers around London in order to intercept and interrupt moped gangs and their attacks.
This incredible move is part of a range of measures used by authorities to combat last year’s surge in thefts, robberies and violent crime involving mopeds, when delivery drivers were frequently targeted. From less than 900 in 2012 the number has rocketed to 23,000 last year.
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Last October the Met Police began using slimline motorcycles that can drive down narrow streets, remotely activated spikes and a fluorescent DNA spray with a unique code that stays on skin for up to eight weeks and on clothes indefinitely.
The government is consulting on proposals that will see suspects responsible for their own driving and stop officers from being prosecuted for their driving during a chase. The law at the moment only allows emergency services to break the speed limit, but the Police can be prosecuted for driving considered dangerous or careless. This has seen many officers avoiding high speed pursuits of suspects due to fears they could be prosecuted.
This new move is thought to be entirely operational and police officers are not delivering takeaway food to members of the public….