Moped thugs target Dagenham pupils during PE lesson
PUBLISHED: 06:30 05 July 2017
Moped-riding thugs who terrorised a schoolboy and his classmates match the description of a pair caught on camera during an attempted robbery on the same day.
A driver wearing a white vest chased Dagenham Park Church of England pupils around Old Dagenham Park during a PE lesson with his pillion passenger, dressed in black, and targeted 12-year-old Kieran Greenslade during football practice.
Mum Louise Greenslade, 36, said the incident on Monday, June 26, had traumatised her son.
“The mental scarring will stay with him, it’s something I never thought would happen,” she said. “I’m shocked and saddened he had to experience this.”
Louise says the pair’s intimidating behaviour put the safety of 20 pupils at risk and brought back memories of a crash that left her injured in 2016.
She was disturbed when Kieran told her the pair “looked like teenagers”.
“He’s not stopped talking about it and he’s scared to go outside,” she said. “Afterwards he couldn’t even open his drink because he was shaking so much.”
After the incident, which happened at about 2pm, police were called to Church Elm Lane, Dagenham, where two moped-riding males chased another moped driver during an attempted robbery at about 3.20pm.
A source who wishes to remain anonymous captured part of the chase using her phone.
Pictures show a pillion passenger dressed in black and a driver wearing a white vest on a moped with no registration plate.
The victim sustained minor injuries but did not require hospital treatment.
No arrests have been made in connection with either case and police are asking anyone with any information to call them on 101.
Two days later on Wednesday, June 28, three males stole a 50-year-old Just Eat delivery driver’s moped in Gurney Close, Barking, at 5.30pm.
One suspect threatened to stab him after he’d stopped to make a delivery.
Although no knife was seen, one suspect stole the driver’s moped and ran over his leg with the other two making off on a second moped.
The victim suffered a minor leg injury.
No arrests have been made in connection with the robbery. Witnesses can call police on 101.
Dagenham MP Jon Cruddas called an emergency meeting with tri-borough commander Jason Gwillim on Friday, June 30, in response to the spate of incidents/
Commander Gwillim promised a “firm” response to an “increase” in moped-related crime.
“We have to be really firm on this,” he said. “We’ve got an operation in place and what we’re looking at doing is making sure that we’re targeting the offenders.”
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