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Police hit back against the moped menace: Incredible moment officers RAM suspect off his bike after high-speed chase through busy city streets - then spray him with hi-tech 'water pistol'

Stunning footage shows the moment a suspected moped thief is rammed off his bike by specially trained police after a high speed chase through east London.
The dash-cam video shows a police car smashing into the motorbike in Victoria Park as officers carry out the so called 'tactical contact' in full view of pedestrians on a busy street.
The incident, filmed for a Channel 5 documentary, captures in graphic detail the Metropolitan Police's tough new tactics to crackdown on the scooter crime wave that has plagued the capital.
Last year the hardline method was rolled out across the country after a surge in incidents involving yobs on mopeds grabbing people's phones, watches and bags, smashing their way into jewellery shops and stabbing anyone who got in their way.
Last month a gang in London, were jailed for a total of 68 years and Scotland Yard detectives said it had helped cut moped crime by 52 per cent in a year. 
But the tactics have caused controversy, and recently the case of PC Edwin Sutton was thrown in the spotlight, after he faced a police disciplinary for knocking down a thief on a motorbike. He was cleared of any wrongdoing in May.
Officers for the Met Police, which has declared war on the yobs by launching a special taskforce dubbed Operation Venice, are filmed for the programme responding to reports of a suspect on a red moped in a Hi-Vis vest.
Teams are shown racing to where the suspect was last spotted, with on board cameras filming the moment the moped rider swerves around another vehicle up ahead.
Seconds later it heads straight for the second police car, then attempts to manoeuvre around it, before the officer deliberately aims his vehicle into him, smashing him into the bonnet, and throwing the rider into the air.



Cameras film the suspect attempting to flee, before an officer sprays him with a high tech 'water pistol', used to mark suspects with invisible liquid that can later be used to link them to a crime.
The aerosol cans drenches the culprit with a forensically-tagged liquid called SelectaDNA, which stays on skin, clothes and vehicles for three months, and glows under UV light.
Several officers can then be seen grappling the suspect to the ground, before he is handcuffed and arrested. The rider doesn't appear injured after the crash, and is treated by ambulance crews.
An officer tells the Channel 5 documentary Snatch and Grab: Moped Gangs on the Rampage: 'The conclusion to the pursuit was brought about by tactical contact.

'That is one of the many strands of options we have to us.
'In this case it was simply justified for the manner of riding, on a footpath, through a park, endangering peoples lives. 
'We can't allow that to continue.
'If we hadn't have done this, what would he have done further down the road.'
The suspect was arrested on suspicion of five offences, failing to stop for police, suspected theft of a motor vehicle, possession of a class a drug with intent to supply, failing a roadside drug test and dangerous driving.
It is unclear if he was ever charged or convicted. 
Another police officer tells the documentary: 'We have no desire to knock them off and cause any injury to them.
'However, that is a tactic that is available to us. If it is appropriate for us to use it, we will use it.'
The documentary also interviews members of the moped gangs committing crimes, and vigilantes who risk their lives to hunt the criminals.
The 'tactical contact' method used by the police to catch thieves sees police knocking crooks off their scooters or dumping them on the bonnets of police cars. 
It faced criticism when it was first unveiled, as Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abott criticising the method, saying officers are 'not above the law.'
The Hackney MP tweeted: 'Knocking people off bikes is potentially very dangerous. It shouldn't be legal for anyone.
'Police are not above the law.'
But officers from Camden Police, one of the London boroughs with the highest rates of moped-enabled crime– responded her tweet, saying: 'Someone who's responsible for law-making (or at least debating and ratifying new legislation) should probably realise that using tactical contact to terminate dangerous pursuits is entirely within our lawful power... And our responsibility.' 
As well as support from Home Secretary Sajid Javid, Prime Minister Theresa May also backed the action, saying: 'Moped crime has been an issue for some time.
'And I think it's absolutely right that as these people are acting unlawfully – they are committing crimes - that we see a robust police response to that.'    
Last year violence involving moped gangs was common place in the capital and other large towns and cities.
Some moped robbers hit 30 victims in one hour alone, with those coming out of tube stations seen as an easy target. Police officers have also been injured by thieves riding directly into them. 
Victims of the spate of incidents included ex chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and comedian Michael McIntyre, who was robbed of his Rolex by two men on a moped while parked outside his children's school. 
Scotland Yard was previously frustrated in catching the criminals, who often discarded their helmets to make officers think twice before chasing them.
Latest Met figures now show the number of thefts and snatches in London halved in the 12 months up to the end of March.
Figures show there were 11,390 moped-enabled offences in the year 2018-19, compared with 23,896 in the same period the previous year.  
Last month a gang of moped thieves exposed by BGT judge Amanda Holden for threatening to snatch a toddler were jailed for a total of 68 years.
The 12-strong mob carried out a series of high-profile raids around the capital - even trying to steal TV cameras from bridges on the university boat race route - before making off on mopeds. 
Ms Holden got involved after four gang members were caught on CCTV targeting her neighbour, Pheobe Ruele, as she walked her little son home from nursery last summer. 
Bearded gang ringleader Terry Marsh, along with Steven Weller, John McFadyen and his brother Isaac, tried to rob Miss Reule in the middle of the road, demanding 'give me your rings or I'm going to hurt your child'. 
They were spotted by a group of builders who chased them off brandishing scaffold poles.
The gang were finally rounded up following another raid, after a 90-minutes chase through 10 London boroughs, which ended when one pair slid off their bike while trying to take a corner at high speed.
All four were jailed at Kingston Crown Court, along with six other members of the 12-strong gang who were also responsible for a string of high profile raids across London. Two were spared jail. 
The gang were behind the theft of £170,000 of camera equipment used to film the Oxford and Cambridge boat race.  
Nine of the 12 had racked up 383 previous convictions for burglaries, handling stolen goods, car theft, aggravated vehicle taking, assault and robberies between them.   The other three men had no previous criminal records. 
Taking the criminals off the streets has helped cut moped crime in the capital by 52 per cent in a year, the Metropolitan Police claim.     

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