Moped Robber Who Left Accomplice In Hospital Is Jailed For Seven Years

21 February 2018, 09:41 | Updated: 28 October 2019, 15:21

A moped robber who crashed, leaving his pillion passenger in a serious condition, has been jailed for seven years.

Harry Wright stole a Piaggio moped from Hackney on 4th November last year and rode the moped on pavements, often at speeds reaching 50mph.

Having stolen three mobile phones, he failed with a fourth and went he rejoined the road from the pavement, he crashed head-on into a BMW.

Harry Wright, with the knives he had in his trousers
Harry Wright, with the knives he had in his trousers. Picture: Met Police

He was arrested and police found a 12-inch hunting knife tucked into his trousers. His pillion passenger was taken to hospital and continues to receive medical treatment.

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This moped thief was jailed for seven years
This moped thief was jailed for seven years. Picture: Met Police

Detective Constable Ben Kahane said: "Harry Wright almost killed his friend for the sake of a stealing a few mobile phones worth a couple of hundred pounds. In the words of the judge, Wright has 'destroyed the victim's life'

"Given the deliberate dangerousness of his driving, it was pure luck that he didn't hurt or kill any innocent pedestrians.

"This case is a reminder to those committing moped-enabled crime, that you take your risk your own life and that of passengers and the public by undertaking such reckless criminality."