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The Metropolitan Police has bought nine BMW F750GS motorcycles in Scotland Yard’s newest weapon in the war against criminals on mopeds.

Specialist officers will use the machines to chase down criminals in phone snatches, gem store raids and acid attacks. The bikes have an 853cc twin-cylinder engine for fast acceleration and the latest police sirens and radios, plus advanced stability, suspension and anti-lock brake systems. Police say the BMWs are so narrow they can operate anywhere.

Chief Inspector Jim Corbett, from Operation Venice, the Met’s task force targeting moped crime, said the bikes will give them a “clear tactical advantage”.

The number of moped crimes in London has almost halved after the Yard started ramming into suspects, with offences down from 15,168 in 2018 to 8721 in 2019.