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Islington second highest for moped crime this year

PUBLISHED: 14:01 19 October 2017 | UPDATED: 14:50 19 October 2017

CCTV screenshot of a moped pillion bursting into Archway's Bread and Bean cafe and stealing a customer's laptop. Picture: Bona Sadiku

CCTV screenshot of a moped pillion bursting into Archway's Bread and Bean cafe and stealing a customer's laptop. Picture: Bona Sadiku

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Moped crooks are terrorising Islington more than any other London borough except Camden, new figures show.

Sadiq Khan has released statistics showing 3,587 crimes have taken place this year, almost all of which are thought to be phone snatches.

In June alone there were 626 incidents, that’s more than the total for the whole year in 27 of the 32 boroughs.

Camden has had 4,147 moped crimes this year, while Westminster is in third place with 2,305 and Hackney has had 1,891.

Two days ago a thief in a helmet walked into Bread and Bean cafe in Junction Road, Archway and stole a laptop before walking out and escaping on a moped.

The brazen nature of the theft has led to calls for a major campaign to tackle the problem, particularly in Archway which is seen as a hotspot for the crime.

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