UK: Support considered for police in bike crime battle
New rules are being considered in a bid to stop gangs using motorcycles as getaway vehicles. Laws are to be reviewed in response to concerns that the police are struggling to effectively pursue and apprehend criminals on often stolen bikes. Bike-related crime has risen threefold in the past 12 months, with much of this crime concentrated in London where gangs use bikes as getaway vehicles. It is believed that one of the reasons for this increase is that police officers are reluctant to give chase because the current law leaves them open to persecution in the same way as ordinary road users.