Couriers and takeaway drivers form vigilante groups in fightback against moped muggers

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<em>Vigilante groups have taken to the streets of London to counter the scourge of moped gangs (YouTube/HandMuffWarrior)</em>
Vigilante groups have taken to the streets of London to counter the scourge of moped gangs (YouTube/HandMuffWarrior)

A group of vigilante couriers are taking to the streets of London in an attempt to fight the scourge of moped crime.

The volunteers, who call themselves Biker Biker, wear stab vests and helmet cameras to ride across the capital, capturing footage of muggers on mopeds.

YouTube videos show the dangers that the drivers put themselves in by tasking themselves to help stop the biking crime wave.

<em>Gangs are using mopeds to rob and attack victims across Londons (PXHere/stock photo)</em>
Gangs are using mopeds to rob and attack victims across Londons (PXHere/stock photo)

One member of the group, Omar Marjan, was a victim of moped attackers himself after he was targeted at least three times.

He told Metro: ‘I mentally went out every time on my bike as if I was going to war.

‘As I kept recording what was going on my following was going up and up. It got to the point where I was like ‘there’s a lot of them I need back up’.

Mr Marjan, who filmed himself chasing after several moped drivers, eventually joined Biker Biker in an attempt to track down thieves across London.

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The group uses fake social media accounts to trick the thieves into getting them, surprising them with a gang of people so they can take back the stolen bikes.

Mr Marjan says that the group rings the police to get ‘permission’ to remove the stolen property with a recovery truck.

Figures show moped-related offences have shot up dramatically from 827 in 2012 to 23,000 in 2017.

The Metropolitan Police were given the power to ‘ram’ thieves last year, resulting in a 36% reduction in moped crimes.

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