Officers recognised for stolen moped stop and arrest

PCs George Anckorn and Russell Mellis

PCs George Anckorn and Russell Mellis - Credit: Metropolitan Police

Two officers have been commended after they stopped a criminal on a stolen moped in Camden.

Abdirizak Kheyre

Abdirizak Kheyre - Credit: Metropolitan Police

PCs George Anckorn and Russell Mellis, who work on the Met’s Operation Venice team, got the honour at Southwark Crown Court on Friday.

On January 24, they spotted Abdirizak Kheyre on a stolen scooter on Hornsey Road, at the junction with Highgate Hill, in Islington.

They pulled up alongside Kheyre, and asked him to stop. He then drove off at 60mph.

PC Mellis then drove the police car into the scooter, which caused Kheyre to fall off. He then attempted to run down Hampstead Lane, where he was arrested by PC Anckorn.

Kheyre was found in possession of nine bags of cannabis, two bags of ecstacy, and two bags of cocaine.

A 22cm kitchen knife was also found on the moped. He also had two mobile phones on him, which breached an earlier court order.

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On July 20 Kheyre, 19, of no fixed address was sentenced to 21 months in a young offenders instsitute after being found guilty of driving offences, possession of knives and drugs, driving without insurance and a driving licence, and breaching a criminal behaviour order (CBO).

PCs George Anckorn and Russell Mellis said: “The reason we joined the Met was to help fight crime and make the streets a safer place for Londoners, and that’s exactly what we were trying to do that evening by stopping Kheyre.”