Downing Street supports Met ramming tactics
Prime Minister Theresa May and Home Secretary Sajid Javid have spoken out in defence of the new ramming tactics announced by the Metropolitan Police last week.
The Met’s Operation Venice Investigations Team are authorised to deliberately drive into suspected criminals riding on mopeds and motorcycles. It is thought that ‘tactical contact’ will deter potential offenders.
The new tactics have attracted criticism, notably from Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott who tweeted: “Knocking people off bikes is potentially very dangerous. It shouldn’t be legal for anyone. Police are not above the law.”
However, the Prime Minister supported the operational changes when questioned about the issue during her visit to Argentina for the G20 summit: “These people on these mopeds are acting unlawfully and committing crimes and I think it's absolutely right that we see a robust police response to that.”
Javid has also come out in defence of the new approach, who tweeted: “Risk-assessed tactical contact is exactly what we need. Criminals are not above the law.”
There are concerns that police officers who knock suspects from vehicles and suffer injuries could face criminal charges.
The Metropolitan Police claim that the tactic has been instrumental in reducing moped-related crime by 36% in 2018 when compared with the same period in 2017.
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