Video: Passer-by scares off scooter thief
Yet another video has emerged from London showing an attempted scooter theft taking place, this time on Penge High Street, South East London.
The video starts with one of the thieves wrestling with the owner of the scooter, before they both fall onto the ground. The thief is the first one up on his feet, before he attempts to ride off on the downed scooter.
Before the thief is able to get away, a member of the public stands in his way and forces him off the scooter.
Unable to steal the scooter, the theif's helmet is pulled off — unveiling a part of his face — and is then forced onto the pillion perch of his accomplice's Triumph Street Triple before they getaway.
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The London Met confirmed they are hunting the two men who reportedly knocked the victim off his moped during the attack.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "The male victim was riding his scooter when he was pushed off his moped by two people riding a motorbike.
"An altercation between the victim and one of the suspects ensued before the suspect attempted to steal the scooter.
"Members of the public intervened and the two suspects rode off from the scene. They did not manage to steal the scooter. The victim was not seriously injured during the incident.
"Anyone with information is asked to call Bromley Police via 101 or tweet information to @MetCC. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."
London bike theft continues
This video is the latest to highlight the growing problem of motorcycle and scooter crime in London.
Just yesterday we published a video showing the owner of a scooter chase would-be thieves away with a hammer after he caught them trying to steal his scooter.
Last week a spate of robberies took place over a 90-minute period in which the suspects attacked the victoms with acid.
Crime involving mopeds has gone up by more than 600% in London in the past two years, with Scotland Yard statistics showing there were more than 7,500 crimes involving mopeds in 2016 - up from 1,053 in 2014 and 4,647 in 2015.
With the rise reportedly due to teenagers stealing mopeds, the Met said the rise was a "huge concern" but denied that the problem is "out of control".
Authorities are aiming to clamp down on motorcycle and scooter-related crime with Operation Venice and urge anyone with information to call them on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.