Police officer uses van door to stop thief

CCTV has caught the moment a police officer used a van door to knock a thief off his bike after he had just stolen items from an SUV in London.

The thief can be seen approaching the unlocked black Range Rover Evoque before opening the boot and rear doors and taking items from inside.

The criminal then tries to get away on the Boris Bike before being intercepted by a police van. A police officer manages to use his van door to knock the thief to the ground and then arrests him.

The incident happened in Fulham, and was caught on CCTV by Hammersmith and Fulham Council. The civic authority said in a statement on its website that police were able to track and arrest the thief speedily because the council's CCTV team spotted him and directed them to the scene.

The thief, Jake Nedd of no fixed address, was jailed for 28 weeks after appearing before Westminster Magistrates' Court– the day after the incident.

Nedd, 31, admitted to theft from a motor vehicle, going equipped for theft and taking a vehicle without consent.

Dave Hinton, Met Police crime prevention design adviser, said afterwards: "In most cases car crime is committed by opportunists who often take less than a minute to get into a vehicle."

He warned drivers: "Please ensure you leave no valuables on display and always lock your car and close the windows, even if only away from a vehicle for a moment."

By Ted Welford
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