Hundreds of moped riders brought Westminster to a standstill by staging a major protest against the high profile motorcycle crime currently blighting London and other parts of the country.
The crime spree culminated last week with a series of five acid attacks in East London and the City within the space of 90 minutes.
Bikers descended on Parliament Square on Tuesday afternoon to call for a crackdown on motorcycle thefts and associated motorcycle crime.
Police have launched a London-wide crackdown on motorcycle crime
The Met Police have already launched a London-wide campaign, Operation Venice, to cut down on the theft of motorcycles and their subsequent use in criminal activities.
They are encouraging motorcycle, scooter and moped owners to “layer up” their security with a number of preventative measures when they park.
They say the more security devices riders use, the less visible their machines will be to thieves.
As well as the acid attacks, motorcycles have been stolen to order and subsequently used in drive-by handbag and mobile phone snatches and to transport weapons and drugs.
For Tuesday’s protest, couriers, delivery drivers and pleasure riders rendezvoused in Whitechapel at noon before travelling in convoy to central London.
Motorcycle crime prevention groups met at the bikers’ Ace Cafe
A series of motorcycle crime prevention groups met outside the Ace Café in North London before making their way to Westminster to join the throng.
Riders blockaded the roads around Parliament Square and sounded their horns during the protest.
Jabed Hussain, one of the victims in last week’s series of acid attacks, led the delivery drivers’ protest and carried a banner which stated: “Stop acid attacks, bike theft and motorcycle crime.”
Help beat motorcycle crime and save money by securing your machine
The specialist insurance broker Bikesure is backing the Met Police’s Operation Venice and gives riders the chance to save money on their motorcycle insurance cover if they fit extra security devices to their machines.