Home Secretary Sajid Javid reveals moped muggers robbed his phone as he stopped to call a taxi outside London’s Euston station
- Mr Javid reached for his phone to call a cab when a moped pulled up beside him
- The father-of-four said the attack left him worried about his children’s safety
- The incident happened during his previous role as Communities Secretary
Home Secretary Sajid Javid has revealed he was mugged by moped thieves who stole his mobile phone while he went to call a taxi.
Mr Javid, who is in charge of the nation’s policing and security, was targeted by criminals outside Euston station in north London.
The father-of-four admitted the attack left him worried about his own children and the safety of other kids.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid revealed he was mugged by moped robbers who snatched his phone
He said his parental concern drives him to tackle the problem.
The incident happened during his previous role as Communities Secretary, he told The Sun.
‘It happened in a flash. I was walking out of Euston station and reached for my phone to call a taxi,’ the minister said.
‘It was brand new. Before I knew what was happening, it had gone. They just rode up, grabbed it and zoomed off.
Family man Mr Javid (pictured with wife Laura) said the attack makes him worried about the safety of his children
The father-of-four (pictured with wife Laura at a Tory fundraising ball in February) said his parental instinct drove him to tackle the problem
‘I was angry and upset but thought myself lucky not to have been stabbed or beaten up like many other victims who fall prey to these vicious criminals.’
Mr Javid spoke about the incident after Michael McIntyre was robbed of his watch by moped-riding thieves in a violent incident.
Sajid Javid’s schoolboy ‘crimebusters gang’
The Home Secretary was raised on a poverty-hit Bristol estate.
Stapleton Road was once named ‘Britain’s worst street’ by a Sunday newspaper.
It was dubbed a ‘lawless hellhole where murder, rape, shootings, drug-pushing, prostitution, knifings and violent robbery are commonplace’.
He and his brother Bas Javid, now a Chief Superintendent, formed a two-man ‘crimebusters gang’.
They used poorly-performing walkie-talkies to report crimes on their street to police.
The comedian was on the school run in his Range Rover in north London when thugs smashed the windows before stealing the Rolex.
The incident came amid concerns of a wave of violent crime in some parts of the country, particularly in London and other big cities.
‘Our streets should be safe at all times, you shouldn’t have to worry about things like knife or other crime,’ he said.
Theresa May has acknowledged concerns about moped gangs, but insisted police were being given the powers they need to crack down on crime.
Earlier this month the Prime Minister was challenged about the Government’s response to criminals using mopeds to carry out robberies and other crimes.
Former Chancellor George Osborne narrowly escaped a prolific gang of moped robbers last year.
Video showed his attackers, who were responsible for more than 100 raids across London, trying to snatch his phone out of his hand.
Evening Standard editor Mr Osborne said the raiders made a grab at his mobile as he left the BBC’s Broadcasting House in central London on May 4.
Former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne was targeted by moped robbers who made a grab at his mobile as he left the BBC ‘s Broadcasting House in central London
Rule change to tackle spiralling problem
Rules on police chasing crooks are being changed to give officers more confidence to pursue violent moped criminals who throw off their helmets.
Ministers want to smash the ‘myth’ that officers cannot chase helmetless riders in case there is an accident and the thugs are killed or suffer major injuries.
Police Minister Nick Hurd acted amid concerns police were finding themselves in the dock over high-speed chases as they can be prosecuted for dangerous or careless driving like any other motorist.
Londoners suffer 50 moped-crimes a day
Shocking figures reveal there are more than 60 moped thefts a day on London’s streets.
Moped or motorbike-enabled crimes were up 50% on the last 12 months, figures published this month reveal.
Separate statistics reveal 86 per cent of robberies and 78 per cent of burglaries in the UK went unsolved last year.
The 46-year-old said at the time: ‘After the incident three or four members of the public approached me and asked if I was alright.
‘I was physically unharmed but felt shocked and stunned.
‘The incident happened so quickly that I barely registered what had happened until afterwards.
‘The scooter was so close that it almost brushed past me.
‘Had it hit me, I have no doubt I would have been seriously injured.’
How London’s never-ending toll of moped thefts, robberies and attacks keeps rising
The spotlight was thrown on moped crime following a spate of acid attacks and robberies last year, including one attempt to steal the phone of former Chancellor George Osborne.
The apparent impunity with which gangs stole mobile phones, wallets and watches from victims led to police vowing a crackdown on the crimes.
But a steady stream of shocking offences has continued into this year, with every region of the capital being affected by the crime plague.
The map below shows just some of the attacks reported so far in 2018.
1. January 10 – Moped thieves carrying knives rob a Tesco Express in Belsize Road, Swiss Cottage before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash.
2. January 24 – Two moped riding thieves spend an entire day robbing people in Cambridge Heath Road and Mile End Road, Tower Hamlets.
3. January 29 – Members of the public, including an 80-year-old grandmother, intervene when would-be robbers attempt to steal the moped of a man in Crouch End.
4. February 4 – Man is stabbed after he fought back against moped robbers in Oxford Street.
5. March 7 – Investment banker tackled moped thief to the ground after hearing him breaking into his car outside his apartment in Beaufort Street, Chelsea.
6. March 18 – Moped gang armed with sledgehammers and knives attack watch shop in Regent Street.
7. March 21 – Simon Jordan, the chairman of Crystal Palace Football Club, is robbed of his £100,000 watch by moped thieves in Sumner Road, Croydon.
8. March 22 – Gang armed with angle grinder attempt to steal £100,000 BBC cameras set up on Putney Bridge and Barnes Bridge to record the University Boat Race.
9. April 5 – Delivery driver is dragged from his moped and stabbed during a brutal attack in Ronnie Lane, Manor Park. Group of teenagers make off with his bike.
10. April 7 – Moped gang armed with metal bars break into shop on Oxford Street before stealing luxury watches.
11. April 19 – Two men on a motorbike armed with a machete confront 17-year-old on Marlborough Road, Sutton and steal his moped.
12. May 2 – Five masked youths demanded mobile phones and money from boys in Albert Road Recreation Ground, Muswell Hill.
13. May 10 – Masked youths on three mopeds drove at parents on the school-run in The Avenue, Muswell Hill in attempt to rob them.
14. May 11 – Courier is forced to fight off two would-be motorbike thieves after they attacked him in a side street in Shepherd’s Bush.
15. June 4 – Comedian Michael McIntyre is robbed of his watch as he sits in his car in Golders Green.
16. June 5 – Members of the public intervene to tackle gang of robbers raiding a watch shop on Regent Street.
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