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Builders Chase Moped Thieves Away, After Attack on Mother and Toddler

In lawless Britain, it seems that more victims of moped gang attacks are better off relying on the kindness of strangers than on police intervention.
Moped thieves attack mother and child in broad daylight, in exclusive neighborhood of London 13 photos
Photo: Twitter / Amanda Holden
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Another incident is making headlines worldwide, after a group of 4 moped thieves attacked a mother and her toddler in broad daylight, in an exclusive residential area in south-west London. To the assistance of the 2 victims came a group of builders who had gotten off a truck.

Video of the incident was captured on CCTV and was shared on Twitter by British personality and Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden. The fact that it happened close from her Richmond home explains why she was among the first to tweet about it.

It shows one scooter and one bike pulling over in a side alley, with 2 riders getting off. The vehicles eventually drive away, while the 2 men, dressed all in black and with their helmets still on, wait for someone to come by so they can mug them.

Someone does eventually come: a mother and her young son, and they head straight to her. Visibly frightened, she picks up the child and darts across the busy street, with an incoming truck nearly missing her. From it descent workers, armed with whatever tools they laid their hands on, who give chase to the thieves.

They didn’t catch them: the thieves had made sure their escape vehicles were waiting for them on the narrow street. The builders couldn’t continue the chase on foot, and there was no way a car would have fitted through the street to continue it.

Police have confirmed the incident and are asking for help with identifying the culprits. No arrests have been made yet.

Police were called [...] after a woman was approached by four men on a black moped and motorbike who demanded her jewelry,” the statement says. “They threatened her and a young child who was with her. No injuries were reported No weapon was seen, although it was intimated.”

Members of the public went to the woman's assistance and the suspects fled empty-handed. The suspects were all wearing black clothing,” the statement continues.

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About the author: Elena Gorgan
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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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