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Five years for axe-wielding moped rider

17 May, 2019 — By Tom Foot

AN axe-wielding scooter robber was caught after crashing into a police car that was “trying to get out of his way”, according to the Met.

Frankie Batchelor, 18, from Southwark, was making a getaway from a robbery in Crawford Street, Marylebone, around 3.30am on August 4 last year.

Police spotted a moped shooting red lights and gave chase into nearby Grosvenor Place.

It was at this point that the moped “collided with another marked police car” that “was travelling in the opposite direction to the moped and tried to move out of its way”, according to the Met.

The Met statement added that the collision “caused this police car to flip onto its roof”. CCTV shows the police car veering onto the pavement and hitting a lamppost before turning on its side.

Police said the driver of the moped ran away while Batchelor was taken to hospital with severe leg injuries. He was arrested for driving offences but when police searched his backpack they found the axe, a stolen mobile phone and a stolen watch.

Batchelor was also convicted of carrying out a series of other hunting knife robberies, mainly in Southwark earlier this year. Police said detectives partly identified him on CCTV due to his lasting limp caused by the police chase crash.

He was convicted at Inner London Crown Court on Monday of robbery, attempted robbery, attempted theft, taking a motor vehicle, driving with no insurance or a licence, criminal damage, handling stolen goods and possession of an offensive weapon.

He was sentenced to five years in a young offenders’ institution.

A 16-year-old accomplice, who cannot be named because of his age, was also involved in the incident and was sentenced to three years.

Detective Constable Mark Cooper of the Operation Venice Investigation Team said: “They put people’s lives at risk by recklessly causing a collision with a police car that has left Batchelor with a permanent leg injury, but could have been something far worse for all concerned.”

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