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Quick-thinking cop catches rider on stolen motorbike

A motorbike thief was caught by a quick-thinking cop who leapt from his unmarked patrol car while the unsuspecting rider was stuck in traffic.

David Hart was off guard as PC Mitchell Darby jumped out of the police vehicle to grab and arrest him in Belchers Lane, Bordesley Green, in May.

David Hart

The KSR Moto GRS 125 had flagged up as being stolen while PC Darby, from the roads policing unit, and a colleague were on routine traffic duties.

They followed the bike in the unmarked car for a brief period before PC Darby sharply sprung into action when unaware Hart had stopped in stationary traffic.

The arrest was caught on camera and 27 year-old Hart, of Perrywood Grove, Great Barr, was convicted of taking the bike without consent in his absence at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 13 July.

He was arrested by officers as a wanted man and was sentenced on Monday (17 July) to carry out 100 hours unpaid work and to pay £705 costs and victim surcharge.

He was sentenced on the basis of taking the vehicle without consent but not being the original taker and also banned from the road for nine months for having no licence or insurance.

Hart also received a £50 fine for being found with cannabis and a similar sum for failing to appear at court.

PC Darby said: “The bike flagged up as being stolen but we didn’t want to risk not making the arrest; as we did not know whether the rider would race off if he became aware we were officers.

“Once we came into stationary traffic I made the decision to quickly jump out of the car and managed to grab hold and arrest Hart.

“It emerged the bike had been stolen from Northampton almost two weeks earlier and we found that the ignition barrel was completely missing, meaning it had been ‘hot wired,’ while the fuel cap had been forced open as this was usually locked and secured with the key.

“It is not clear who stole it originally but it ended up in the hands of Hart who had no hesitation in treating it like his own.

"The action we took highlights that vehicle crime will not be tolerated."

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