Mobile phones are being snatched by gangs targeting pedestrians in London. Pedestrians who are using their mobile phones are finding that gangs on mopeds are coming up to them and grabbing their mobile phones from literally right under their noses before the unsuspecting victims really know what’s happened.
Some of these gangs have been spotted carrying knives, hammers and other weapons but thankfully most snatches are completed without the use of violence.
People are being urged to be more careful when using their phone when out and about especially texting at the side of the road where a gang can easily swoop and grab the handset as it is being held out whilst the user sends a message or browses the internet.
In the last few days four teenagers have been arrested in connection with the theft of mobile phones on Thursday 4th May. The boys were aged between 15 and 18. All have been charged with conspiracy to rob. It has been recorded that the gangs committed 30 robberies in just over an hour.
There have been a number of incidents in Battersea South London where gangs have been riding around on mopeds with no number plates on which leads police to suspect the mopeds themselves have been stolen. The driving can be extremely dangerous and of course they are not covered by insurance. In one incident, a gang weaved in and out of tables outside a restaurant.
Local residents in Battersea say their lives are being blighted by these crimes and are keen for the Police to take stronger action. It is felt that one contributing factor is that the police have stopped chasing moped gangs in the fear of causing accidents which might lead to serious injury or even deaths.
The Met Police are deploying plain clothes officers in an attempt to reduce the number of incidents.
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