Four people were arrested and bailed in Southwark this week after a horde of youths riding bikes and motorcycles swept across London during the Halloween weekend.
Thought to have set off from Blackheath, the masked riders caused havoc through the streets of Bermondsey as they headed toward central London, setting off fireworks along the way.
Police have arrested nine people following disorder and anti-social behaviour caused by the groups, with three of them near London Bridge and one on the Old Kent Road.
The four people were arrested for various driving-related offences as follows:
A 20-year-old man was arrested near London Bridge for failing to stop and dangerous driving has since been released on police bail until a date in mid-January 2017.
A 28-year-old man was arrested near London Bridge for failing to stop and dangerous driving has since been released on police bail until a date in mid-January 2017.
A 16-year-old male was arrested near London Bridge area on suspicion of theft of motor vehicle since been released on police bail until a date in mid-December.
A 24-year-old man was arrested in Old Kent Road on suspicion of dangerous driving, disorder and driving without insurance. He has been released on bail [date awaits] pending further enquiries.
Superintendent Ade Adelekan from Met Command and Control said: “The recklessness of the riders involved endangered not only themselves, but other road users and pedestrians.
“This is totally unacceptable behaviour that tied up significant resources that could have been better employed in emergency situations elsewhere.”
Due to the mobility of the riders and their broad coverage of London arrests were made at a variety of different locations.
During Sunday evening, officers deployed tyre deflation devices against seventeen motorbikes and three quad bikes.
There were no reported injuries to police or suspects through the use of these devices.