Motorcycle gang ambush man in Ilford during a two day crime rampage

Do you recognise the suspects? Call the police on 101. Picture: Met Police

Do you recognise the suspects? Call the police on 101. Picture: Met Police - Credit: Met Police

This is the moment a 58-year-old man was ambushed in Ilford by a motorcycle gang.

The victim was driving on Roden Street when he was surrounded by seven suspects on four mopeds.

Captured by a helmet camera, the video shows the man being attacked with a fire extinguisher.

He then falls to the floor and the terrorising attackers attempt to steal his motorcycle.

After an unsuccessful attempt, the gang then fled the scene

Detectives investigating a spate of moped-enabled thefts said there were seven reported moped offences in east London over a two day period in April.

They believe the attacks were carried out by the same group of people and are appealing for members of the public to come forward if they know anything.

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Det Sgt Dean Grafton, from the East Area Command Unit based in Ilford, said: “We are appealing for any information as to the identity and whereabouts of this gang that are clearly targeting motorcyclists in the east London area.

“They are often seen in pairs on mopeds or scooters and with a fire extinguisher to distract their victim with a view to stealing the motorbikes.

“If anyone has recorded video footage of the group, please can they contact us.”

Three teenagers were arrested and subsequently released under investigation and inquiries continue.

Any witnesses or anyone who has any information is urged to contact the investigation team on 07766 247747, or via 101, or by tweeting @MetCC

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit