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Citizen shuts moped suspects in garage

30 March, 2018 — By Samantha Booth

A “QUICK-THINKING” citizen helped stop four teenage suspects escaping from police by shutting them in a garage.

Police in Islington said four boys allegedly broke into a garage in St Paul’s Road on Monday and attempted to steal two mopeds inside. The member of the public then apparently shut them in until police arrived.

The boys, aged between 12 and 15 years of age, were arrested on suspicion of burglary and have since been released under investigation.

Inspector Jamie Fowler, from the Met’s Operation Venice, which aims to crack down on moped crime which has soared in north London, said: “Further enquiries into stolen phones and property found following searches of their home addresses are needed, which is why they have been released at this stage.”

This week, the Met launched a new campaign calling for moped riders to “lock, chain and cover” scooters, by using extra security to stop thieves.

In recent months they have also introduced new tactics such as DNA sprays and stingers to deflate tyres.

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