Horrifying footage shows a motorcyclist who was left with a hammer sticking out of his helmet after an attempted robbery, in the latest escalation of London’s moped crime wave.
The alarming footage was filmed in the wake of a violent bike theft attempt on the Hayes Bypass in West London on Friday.
The video was filmed by a Mercedes driver who got the man’s moped back for him – by bashing the robbers of their bike with his car.
It comes in the same week a gang of moped ‘scumbags’, exposed by BGT judge Amanda Holden for threatening to snatch a toddler, were jailed for a total of 68 years.
Shocking footage shows the large hammer sticking out of the moped rider’s helmet after the incident
In the moments after the brutal attack, that took place at around midday, the Mercedes driver took out his camera to film the aftermath.
Shocking footage shows the hammer sticking out of the man’s moped helmet and the rattled rider standing by the side of the road.
He can be heard in the recording saying: ‘There has been a fresh hijacking on the Hayes bypass just now.’
He points to the victim who is wearing a hi-vis jacket and says: ‘This guy here got hammered … and then we chased him and I smashed my car onto the guy’s bike.’
The man’s heroic actions led to the bike being returned to its owner. He continues and points again to the motorcyclists and says: ‘This is the poor victim.’
And then showing the shocking sight of a hammer impaled into the man’s helmet he says: ‘They hammered him here.’
The moped rider (left) pictured on his phone after the attempted robbery. Right: His stricken moped
The video has been shared across social-media with former Scotland Yard detective chief superintendent Tweeting it out stating: ‘Shocking hammer attack on a motorcyclist on the Hayes bypass…dangerous suspect must be found asap.’
In a statement the Metropolitan Police said: ‘Police were called at approximately 11:19hrs on Friday, 17 May to Glencoe Road in Yeading following reports that a moped rider had been assaulted and robbed of his vehicle.
‘Officers established that a male suspect had driven off on the stolen moped along with another man who was on a white moped after the robbery took place on Springfield Road shortly after 11.00hrs.
‘A member of the public pursued the suspects with the victim in his car. On Glencoe Road, one of the suspects fell from his moped before fleeing with the second suspect on the victim’s moped.
A gang of moped criminals were jailed earlier this week following an intervention from Amanda Holden. Pictured: Helicopter footage shows the moment the gang were finally caught after they slid off their moped following a chase
Officers discovered a hammer, screwdriver, angle grinder and large knife underneath the seat cover of one of their mopeds
‘Both mopeds used by the suspects were later recovered by police. Both were found to be stolen and subsequently returned to their owners. The victim’s moped was located in Greenford.
‘The victim did not require medical treatment. There have been no arrests.’
Earlier this week a 12-strong mob who carried out a series of high-profile raids around the capital were jailed after an intervention from Britain’s Got Talent’s Amanda Holden.
Ms Holden got involved after four gang members were caught on CCTV targeting her neighbour, Pheobe Ruele, as she walked her little son home from nursery last summer.
Bearded gang ringleader Terry Marsh, along with Steven Weller, John McFadyen and his brother Isaac, tried to rob Miss Reule in the middle of the road, demanding ‘give me your rings or I’m going to hurt your child’.
They were spotted by a group of builders who chased them off brandishing scaffold poles.
The gang were finally rounded up following another raid, after a 90-minutes chase through 10 London boroughs, which ended when one pair slid off their bike while trying to take a corner at high speed.
In one notorious incident, the gang attempted to steal TV cameras from bridges on the university boat race route – before making off on mopeds.
All four were jailed at Kingston Crown Court last week, along with six other members of the 12-strong gang who were also responsible for a string of high profile raids across London. Two were spared jail.
Nine of the 12 had racked up 383 previous convictions for burglaries, handling stolen goods, car theft, aggravated vehicle taking, assault and robberies between them.
The other three men had no previous criminal records.