Sajid Javid: Police knocking suspects off mopeds is 'exactly what we need'

Sajid Javid

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The home secretary, Sajid Javid, has backed a controversial new tactic which allows police to knock suspects off mopeds.

In a Twitter post, Mr Javid wrote: "Risk-assessed tactical contact is exactly what we need. Criminals are not above the law."



The politician revealed in June that he had had his phone stolen in a moped mugging before his appointment as home secretary.

His comments on the new method to tackle moped crime followed a tweet from shadow home secretary, Diane Abbott, who claimed the move was "potentially very dangerous" and "should not be legal".


'Criminals are not above the law'

The Metropolitan Police released dashcam footage of the tactic in action, which shows police cars colliding with moped riders and knocking them to the ground, sometimes at high-speed.

The tactic was heavily criticised, but the Metropolitan Police have said that since the approach was implemented in 2017, there has been a 36 per cent reduction in thefts involving mopeds and scooters.

Senior officers defended the use of "tactical contact", saying it was needed to stop dangerous chases and has helped reduce moped-enabled crime in London.

There is no maximum speed for police cars to hit mopeds, and officers will not end their pursuit if the suspect drives dangerously or removes their helmet, the Metropolitan Police confirmed.