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Met Police Tags Moped Offenders With DNA Spray During Pursuit

Met Police Tags Moped Offenders With DNA Spray During Pursuit

Two males, who were sprayed with a DNA tagging spray by Met Police during a lengthy moped pursuit through east and south London, have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to rob.

Police were called following reports of two males on a moped attempting to snatch phones from members of the public in Hackney on 17th August. Officers began an authorised pursuit of the males in Bethnal Green. Colleagues from the National Police Air Service provided support.

The suspect vehicle was driven at speed through east London; the males made their way from Bethnal Green, onto East India Dock Road, then to Tower Hill, where they crossed over Tower Bridge.

They arrived in Southwark, where officers managed to forensically tag them with SelectaDNA Tagging Spray. The spray can be aimed by officers at suspected moped and motorbike offenders involved in crimes such as robberies, assaults and smash and grab raids.

The DNA tagging spray marks the bikes, clothing and skin of any riders and passengers with a uniquely-coded but invisible DNA that will provide forensic evidence to link them to a specific crime.

Following a minor collision with a van, the males came off their vehicle and attempted to make off on foot. They were pursued and arrested by police.

The males have been taken to a south London police station on suspicion of conspiracy to rob and driving offences.

Chief Superintendent Dave Stringer, Head of Community Engagement, said: “ The Met is working hard to keep the public safe and make the streets hostile territory for criminals who use scooters, mopeds and motorbikes for theft and robbery offences. Thanks to the professionalism of our officers, and the support of our colleagues in the National Police Air Service, we have safely arrested two people for a number of offences.

This incident shows the Met’s determination to stop offenders who think they can use vehicles to commit crimes with impunity.”

** Update: These offenders were subsequently given a prison sentence. Full story here:


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