“Riding in Tandem” and “Martilyo Gang” London Style

A motorbike gang showing off hammers and metal bars with two people sitting on each bike terrorized London’s Soho area in broad daylight around 2pm on Thursday. Eyewitnesses said the men were roaming around in a ‘threatening manner’ and trying to steal people’s mobile phones. They even came close to hitting pedestrians during the incident outside the BBC News’s Broadcasting House. Scary scenes included one of the bikes mounting a pavement in an attempt to snatch a phone out of the hands of a passerby.



Their faces were mostly covered by helmets. Chief Superintendent Peter Ayling of Westminster borough said:“We are working hard to keep the public safe and make the streets hostile territory for criminals who use mopeds, motorbikes and bicycles to snatch valuables from members of the public.” He added that: “It is important that the public are aware of their surroundings at all times and protect their personal property, as this crime happens in an instant. I would urge people to consider using a hands-free device to make a call and do not text or use apps by the roadside, where they are most vulnerable to snatch-theft.” The authorities also want to make it clear that this crime’s procedure is highly unsafe for the perpetrator and that they are putting themselves in danger when committing thefts using small motorcycles. Two years ago, a gang of machete and hammer wielding men on mopeds were arrested when they robbed a jewelry shop in the same country.
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