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Harrow police launch new operation to combat surge in bike-related robberies

Harrow on the Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) has recently launched “Operation Irwin,” a cross-borough initiative aimed at tackling the rising incidences of robberies, drug-dealing, and anti-social behaviour involving two-wheeled vehicles.

This operation is a response to the noticeable increase in criminal activities, particularly involving the use of pedal bikes, E-bikes, and scooters.

Back in March, Harrow Police highlighted a significant increase in reports of thieves snatching phones, money, and other valuables directly from the hands of unsuspecting victims. The areas most affected by these crimes include Harrow Town Centre and the Harrow Bus Station.

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In a statement released to the community, Harrow Police advised residents to be vigilant. “For all residents in Harrow, please be aware that in the last week we are finding more and more reports of thieves riding pedal bikes or E-bikes/scooters snatching phones, money, and other loose items directly from the hands of victims. The most common areas are Harrow Town Centre and Harrow Bus Station.”

In a specific incident reported in April, a male victim was targeted on Station Road in North Harrow. At approximately 07:17am on Monday, 22nd April, the police were called following a report of a phone snatch.

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A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police told Harrow Online, “The male victim was walking along the road when the suspect, who was riding a black mountain bike with large style wheels, approached him and snatched his mobile phone from his hand.

“The victim gave chase on foot, but the suspect and another male who was also on a pedal cycle, rode off together towards Elm Drive. The suspect was described as a black male, medium build, wearing a dark hooded top. The investigation is ongoing.”

Multiple reports of similar crimes have also been posted in the Harrow Online Group on Facebook.

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