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Police officer’s tyres slashed by moped rider

Passenger threatened officer with a large knife after being ordered to stop

01 December, 2017 — By Emily Finch

A MOPED rider who was followed by police slashed an officer’s tyres and threatened him with a large knife.

The officer, who was on a marked police motorbike, saw two men on a moped acting suspiciously in Benwell Road at around 2.30pm on Wednesday and signalled for them to stop.

The moped made off and continued until Sunnyside Road, nearly two miles away along Hornsey Road.

After stopping, the passenger threatened the officer with a large knife and slashed his tyres.

The officer was uninjured and the two men made off on their moped.

Detective Inspector Greg Coates, of Camden and Islington’s Operation Attrition Unit, which tackles moped crime, said: “These men are clearly dangerous and need to be arrested.

“We are keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed this incident or has any information. In particular we would like to hear from anyone who was in this area at the time and has dashcam footage. If you were in the vicinity of either in Benwell Road, Hornsey Road or Sunnyside Road on Wednesday afternoon, please call police; your information could be vital.”

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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