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Appeal after moped robbery, Romford

News   •   May 10, 2016 09:34 BST

Police in Havering are appealing for information after a man had his moped stolen in Romford.

At approximately 13:30hrs on 14 April the victim, a 48-year-old man, was riding his black Piaggio Beverley 350 bike on the A12 by Newbury Park underground station. He became aware of another moped, a three-wheeler Piaggio MP3, in the outside lane with two males on it - this bike was being followed by another moped ridden by a lone male.

The victim noticed the people on the other mopeds were showing an interest in his bike and became concerned as to their motives. He attempted to lose the two bikes as he drove through traffic between Moby Dick roundabout and Pettits Lane.

The victim then came off the A12 at Gallows Corner on to Colchester Road before stopping at traffic lights in Whitelands Way. As he waited at the lights, the three-wheeled moped drove at the victim from behind, pushing his bike into the junction. As he drove off along Whitelands Way he was again struck from behind by the same scooter, forcing him to spin around 180 degrees. He drove off towards a housing estate before he was confronted again in St Clements Avenue. Here the victim was pushed from his moped before the suspects made off with his moped up Gubbins Lane towards the A12.

The victim received a leg injury during the incident.

Detective Constable Lucy Chapman from Havering CID who leads the investigation said:

"I am appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this incident, in particular people who were using the A12 around Gallows Corner roundabout and Pettits Lane just after 13:30hrs that day.

"The victim was driving in an erratic manner to try and escape those pursuing him - witnesses may not have realized what was going on but I would urge anyone who saw this pursuit to get in contact with police."

Anyone with information is asked to call Havering CID viw 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

There have been no arrests; enquiries continue.