A young woman is violently mugged for her phone and handbag by two moped thieves, and is rushed to hospital in a critical condition. The investigation is handed to DI Steve Brownlee who runs a specialist team of detectives tracking down the capital’s most violent and prolific moped criminals. On CCTV they identify two men using the victim's stolen bank card 15 minutes after the attack, but tracking the men down proves more difficult for the detectives.
Meanwhile, PCs Andy Reeder and Allan Baker-Perkins are part of a response team that patrol London’s hotspots for moped crime. Determined to reduce the number of crime’s the unit use a controversial technique called tactical contact. This is put into practice when they pursue a man on a moped who they believe has stolen some handbags.
Knife crime is a major concern for the Met’s senior command team overseeing the 2018 Notting Hill carnival. For the first time in the carnival’s 50-year history, the Met authorise a section 60 for the entire duration of the event, giving them the powers to stop and search anyone for weapons or drugs without reasonable grounds. In the previous year there were four serious stabbings at the carnival, and two years before there were 12 stabbings. With huge crowds of half a million wanting to enjoy the carnival, it’s a tricky balancing act for gold commander Dave Musker, whose job is to keep the huge carnival crowds safe.
Behind the scenes video one
Commander Jane Connors was silver Commander for the Notting Hill Carnival policing operation and reflects on being featured in documentary series
Behind the scenes video two
PC Andy Reeder from our Op Venice team also featured in the third episode of the Met and has told us why he volunteered to take part in the filming and what it’s really like to film with a BBC camera crew.
Want to know more about our Op Venice team?
Watch this short video which demonstrates one particular tactic used by the team, when pursuing a wanted offender on a moped. Officers use a range of tactics but undergo specialist training and will always seek to bring pursuits to a safe conclusion.
Lock, chain and cover
Over 9,000 scooters, motorcycles and mopeds were stolen in London in the last year.
We are mounting operations to arrest those responsible; using faster bikes to catch criminals, “stinger” devices to deflate tyres and a forensic spray to mark individuals committing offences.
We know a large number of bikes are left without extra security; it takes seconds for a thief to steal a moped, scooter or motorcycle, if unprotected. We are asking Londoners to lock, chain and cover their bikes to make them harder to steal.