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Stolen goods charge for City Road moped teenager

10 March, 2017

AN Islington teenager has been charged as part of a Met Police investigation aimed at clamping down on moped-enabled crime.

Courtney Murray-Wakefield, of City Road, is due to appear on bail at Thames Magistrates’ Court on April 3, charged with handling stolen goods.

The 19-year-old was one of eight people arrested last Thursday, March 2, as part of Operation Vocare, which was launched in September last year. A separate operation in Camden and Islington, Operation Attrition, last week snared a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old who were using a stolen moped to commit mobile phone snatch thefts across north London. Both pleaded guilty to six counts of theft.

This most recent operation saw 10 search warrants executed at addresses in Islington and Tower Hamlets. Two mopeds, a moped engine, a number of mobile phones and a quantity of cash were recovered, Scotland Yard said.

It comes after an increase in motorcycle-enabled mobile phone thefts in Camden and Islington in January, with about 35 offences taking place each day.

Detective Superintendent Sean Yates said: “The use of mopeds, often stolen, in the course of criminal offences is a common tactic used by thieves and organised criminal networks in London and offences range from commercial burglaries to personal robberies.

“We will continue to target these offenders to safeguard members of the community and their personal property.”

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