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Man caught riding stolen motorbike with knife jailed

A man caught riding a stolen motorbike while carrying a knife and drugs through the City of London has been jailed for six years.

Jordan Michael McDaid, 20, Marlowe Road, Waltham Forest, was sentenced to six years in prison on Thursday (21 September 2017) at Inner London Crown Court after being found guilty of a number of offences including robbery, dangerous driving and possession of an offensive weapon.

A number of McDaid’s crimes were committed outside of the City but it was officers from the City of London Police (CoLP) Crime Squad who spotted him riding a stolen motorbike and arrested him.

The court heard how McDaid was seen shortly before 1pm on 16 May 2017 riding a black 300cc Kawasaki motorbike southbound down Gracechurch Street towards London Bridge.

The two officers saw there were no keys in the ignition of the motorbike and when they checked the vehicle’s number plate they discovered it had in fact been stolen the previous day. They approached McDaid and tried to detain him, leading to a struggle in which one of the officers was struck in the face. During the altercation, McDaid was also seen to throw away a lock-knife he had on him.

At court on Thursday, McDaid was ordered to serve six months for being in possession of a knife. He will serve a further one month for possession of cannabis and a further four months for assaulting a constable, handling stolen goods, and driving without insurance while disqualified, concurrently.

He will serve a further 66 months for the crimes he committed in Metropolitan Police jurisdiction giving a total of 6 years imprisonment.

PC Matt Clarke from the City of London Police Crime Squad said:

“McDaid was riding a motorbike which had been stolen the previous day while in possession of a knife, and assaulted one of the police officers who tried to stop him.

“He had no business riding the motorbike and we are confident that further offending was prevented by his arrest.

“This is further proven by the severe sentence he received for his crimes outside of the City which included robbery and dangerous driving.”

The City of London Police is continuing to target the trend of motorbike-enabled crime as part of an on-going campaign with the Metropolitan Police Service such as mobile phone snatches by moped or motorbike riders.

If you see any suspicious activity in the Square Mile, contact the City of London Police on 020 7601 2999 or on Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always call 999.

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