Made In Chelsea star Ashley James tells how she chased down moped muggers who snatched her phone



Former Made In Chelsea star Ashley James today told how she chased and tackled two moped muggers who snatched her phone.

The 30-year-old model, who recently appeared in Celebrity Big Brother, was walking near Kilburn station when two youths on a moped mounted the pavement and grabbed her mobile.

James was on her way to a Kobox class – a  kick-boxing and weight-training workout described as “Fight Club meets nightclub” – when she was targeted on Wednesday evening. 

She wrote on Twitter: “Two kids on scooters just snatched my phone near Kilburn station. 

James was on her way to a Kobox fitness class when her phone was snatched (Dave Benett)

“Little do they know I was on my way to Kobox and I’m a fast runner so I chased them and got it back (I dropped it in the tackle though so it’s mad scuffed up). Be careful of these little fu*kers. #nottodaysatan.”

She added: “They were wearing helmets and there was no reg on the scooters but two young white kids. They mounted the pavement so just be vigilant to the noise if you’re in the area and walking home.” 

James said it was the second time she had confronted thieves after having her handbag stolen in Barcelona.

Moped crimes have soared by more than two and a half times in a year with 24,000 incidents in 2017

“On the slightly amusing side, that’s the second time someone’s tried to mug me and I’ve chased them down though. 

“Someone stole my bag in Barcelona a few years ago and I ran after them and got it back. Still, I’m a bit shaken up and gutted my phone is scuffed.”

Moped gangsters were recently filmed in a BBC3 documentary, bragging about using acid and other weapons  (BBC)

Moped crimes in London have soared by more than two and a half times in a year with over 24,000 incidents in 2017, according to latest figures.

New statistics show there were 24,356 moped and scooter offences last year – around 66 a day – compared to a total of 9,283 crimes in 2016.

One gang member called TopKat told the BBC that criminals use stolen bikes to evade capture, selling phones for up to £250 each (BBC)

James, however, said it would be the last time she will try any heroics because of the fear of being attacked with acid.

She said: “One very nice guy who saw it happen and came to check on me said I shouldn’t have chased them down as they could have had acid so in hindsight and in future I won’t do that again.”

Moped gangsters were recently filmed in a BBC3 documentary, bragging about using acid and other weapons to terrorise pedestrians as they steal their phones.

One, who called himself TopKat, revealed how criminals use stolen bikes to evade capture, selling phones for up to £250 each before they are sold on to other buyers in Nigeria for an even higher price.

Another, named Mr X, said the ease and regularity of the muggings was like “stealing candy from a baby”.



Source : https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/made-in-chelsea-chases-down-moped-muggers-who-snatched-her-phone-a3791686.html

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