Five arrested after a river of moped robbery in Stockport

Five people have been arrested after a stream of robberies by masked thugs on mopeds.

Police say there have been “several” reports last month and so far this month that people in Stockport were robbed by groups of men wearing balaclavas.

They also often carry weapons.

Earlier, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said that according to many of the reports, the group has either been driving irregularly or has threatened and stolen a moped from the victim.

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On other occasions, they have required the victim to hand over personal belongings, including wallets and telephones.

In an update posted on Facebook, local officers said there is currently a full investigation into these robberies and so far five arrests have been made in connection with the incidents.

No further information has been released about the arrests.

“We understand the concern these incidents have created for our communities, and public safety is our top priority,” GMP Stockport said.

“We have increased our visibility in the target areas, and across this weekend we have developed additional resources – including specialist officers – to ensure we can quickly identify, disrupt and arrest all offenders.

“Although we will do everything we can to protect you, I would urge the public to always be vigilant and aware of their surroundings.

“Thieves only need a few seconds to steal a moped, scooter or motorcycle – especially if they are left with poor security.”

Anyone with information that could help the investigation is encouraged to call the police on 0161 856 9958 or 101.

Details can also be passed on via the LiveChat feature on the force website or anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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