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City of London Police arrest two for moped-enabled burglary offences

City of London Police officers carried out a number of arrests in the early hours of Wednesday (20 December 2017) morning of suspects thought to be involved in a moped-enabled burglary.

Officers were accompanied by the Metropolitan Police as they arrested two men, aged 18 and 24, at their homes in Southwark for offences including burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary.

The early morning raids were the result of a joint response from the City of London Police Major Crime Team and the Metropolitan Police’s South area Venice investigation team.

Detective Chief Inspector Edelle Michaels from the City of London Police said:

“Moped-enabled crime is on the rise and the City of London Police are committed to tackling the problem and catching those responsible.

“Often these crimes are carried out by the same groups of individuals, operating in gangs. Today’s arrests will go a long way in disrupting some of these groups and will undoubtedly send out a very strong message to those involved, or thinking of becoming involved, in such crimes.”

Officers within the City have been working closely with retailers to provide reassurance and advice on actions they can take to protect their businesses from being targeted. They have also been reaching out to motorbike and moped-owners, providing them with a free security tagging service for their bikes and handing out free locks, as the majority of motorbike/moped-enabled crime is carried out on stolen bikes.

Detective Superintendent Lee Hill from the Metropolitan Police Service said:

“We are committed to the detection, disruption, arrest and prosecution of those involved in scooter enabled crime.

"The use of mopeds, often stolen, in the course of criminal offences is a common tactic used by thieves and organised criminal networks in London and offences range from commercial burglaries to personal robberies, some of the offences have been violent in nature.

“These offenders do not respect boundaries and travel across London to commit their offences, which is why we are working in partnership with our colleagues, the City of London Police.”

Police are urging anyone with information relating to these types of offences to contact them. Alternatively they can make an anonymous call to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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