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Police footage shows no-nonsense approach to moped gangs

Now you see me: The police rider (right) pulls across the path of the mopeds

MOPED gangs may have met their match after this dashcam footage reveals an aggressive police tactic being used to tackle the crimewave sweeping Britain.

Two riders — one carrying a passenger wearing a hoodie rather than a helmet — pull up at a roundabout unaware they were being tailed by plain-clothed officers on scrambler bikes.

One officer swings across the path of the stationary mopeds — knocking a rider out of his seat — while his colleague pulls up on the other side and grabs the passenger in the hoodie.

Crash course in policing: The rider knocked off his bike makes a run for it

A uniformed police motorcyclist arrives to complete the ambush before setting off in pursuit of the unseated rider who tries to escape on foot.

It is unclear why the pair were stopped in the Moston area of Manchester last month but the police’s actions won praise online, with some suggesting the tactic should be used in London where moped crime has soared 50 per cent in the year to May.

Paul Forrest commented: ‘Get in! Maybe they can use this tactic in London against the robbers on scooters. Knock ’em over. YES.’ Douglas Dickson added: ‘Awesome, love it — we need more of that in London. Can’t remember the last time I see a policeman on a bike locally!’

Easy, rider: The police officer’s colleague (left) reaches out to restrain the moped passenger in a hoodie while the second rider continues to flee

‘That’s what I call well spent tax payers money!’ wrote Tomas Mochalski.

Greater Manchester Police set up its Safer Roads Targeting Team in July last year to tackle illegal off-road bikers.

A unit has been established by the Metropolitan Police, which deals with an average of 430 crimes involving mopeds every week.

Comedian Michael McIntyre became a victim when his £15,000 watch was torn from his wrist near his north London home earlier this month.

Met Commissioner Cressida Dick said officers would use ‘every ethical option’ to halt the rise, following a series of high-profile accidents involving moped riders targeted in police chases.

‘I have been clear tackling violence is my priority,’ she said. ‘I was angered by the apparent perception among some criminals that they could operate with near impunity, committing strings of offences using scooters.’