A police ram moped in Southampton after the driver refused to stop

POLICE pursuing a moped rammed the vehicle with their patrol car at the edge of Southampton Common after the driver refused to stop.

Officers used “tactical contact” to stop the vehicle after what they described as a series of moped-related crimes in the city on Saturday.

The motorcyclist fled but was arrested after being chased on foot.

As the Daily Echo reported, police have started using spear devices to prevent motorbikes from being driven antisocially in parks and other parts of the city.

The incident next to the Common happened near Cowherds pub on Saturday night.

The Hampshire Roads Policing Unit has released images and a description of what happened.

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They tweeted: “Following a series of moped crime in Southampton today this one failed to stop for us.

“Tactics were already allowed and when the opportunity arose we used tactical contact to end the chase as the runner tried to get to Southampton Common.

“The runner was arrested for numerous violations after a short foot chase.

“We are not afraid to put ourselves in harm’s way to keep members of the public safe.”

A Hampshire Police spokesman added: “Our officers were proactively patrolling Bursledon Road, Southampton when a motorbike was reported stolen.

“The bike was then seen on Basset Avenue towards the city center and Southampton Common.

“Authorized tactics were used to stop the bike and one person was arrested by officers.

“A 22-year-old man will be required to report for a voluntary interview in a custody room at a later date. The bike was subsequently seized.”

Many people took to social media to praise the officers’ actions, with one person posting: ‘Let’s see more of this from the police.

Another added: “Long may it go on. Bike crime has become very serious in Southampton. It affects a lot of people, all because these selfish, foolish people think it’s fun.”

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