Stop the Moped Muggers
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Knightsbridge and Chelsea attract visitors from throughout the world.
But in the past two years, an alarming criminal trend has emerged - Moped Mugging.
Drawn to the prestige of the area and its visitors, the Moped Muggers threaten with hammers, knives, acid spray and other weapons – and they think they are virtually immune. Parents with children, the elderly – all are being targeted.
When she was Home Secretary, Theresa May axed the police budget so much that police patrols were cut from nine officers per council ward to just two.
Following those cuts, Moped Muggings in Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster jumped to 790 in the year to August 2016, then up to a terrifying 3066 in the following year - a rise of nearly 300 per cent!
We are a group of local workers and residents, and we demand two emergency measures to make our streets safe again:
1. Increase the numbers of officers patrolling the most vulnerable areas during the super-busy Christmas shopping season.
2. Police should use existing powers to stop and question all motorcyclists carrying an adult male pillion passenger.
We believe these measures will deter many of the Moped Muggers. And it can be used as a template in other parts of the country where Moped Muggers are terrorising the public.
Visitors spend tens of billions of pounds in the UK every year. If Theresa May ignores us, the world will increasingly view London as a dangerous place to shop - and the UK economy will suffer long-term consequences.
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