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Man jailed after being tagged with DNA spray

Second moped crook convicted this month in capital with help from smart substance

Officers snared a man who committed a spate crimes on a stolen scooter by tagging him with DNA spray as he fled.

On May 17 Metropolitan Police officers in the Edgware Road area spotted Abderrahman Hassan recklessly weaving in and out of traffic on both sides of the road with a vehicle registration plate hanging by a wire from the rear.

Officers checked the registration plate on the Police National Computer, which confirmed the plate had been stolen from another scooter in Hammersmith.

The officers attempted to speak with Hassan, but he rode away at speed. However, officers managed to use DNA tagging spray before he made-off, hitting his back and the scooter.

Hassan escaped but was soon located by officers who found him in the back streets of Edgware Road, where he was detained and identified.

Officers carried out checks on the scooter and found that it had been stolen a few days before in the local area.

The 20-year-old was taken into custody where he was placed beneath UV lights, which highlighted the DNA tagging spray and proved his involvement in the earlier incident.

Hassan, of Reede Gardens, Dagenham, pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on May 21 to taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, handling stolen goods, driving whilst disqualified and without insurance and possession of cocaine.

He was sentenced immediately to 18 weeks’ imprisonment. He also received four-year driving ban, a Youth Referral Order and £115 fine.

Detective Superintendent Jess Ruddell, of Westminster Borough, said: "Hassan has been caught through the diligence and tenacity of officers who will leave no stone unturned in bringing any of these riders to justice, no matter how big or small their offence.

“Our DNA spray is a very effective tactic in evidentially linking offenders to these crimes and its worth has been proven yet again.

"This arrest is another example of the Met’s commitment to keeping the public safe and making the streets hostile territory for criminals who steal scooters, and then use them for other crimes."