Cops blasted after admitting they have stopped chasing moped thieves

COPS have been blasted after admitting they have given up chasing motorbike thieves — because it is too “dangerous”.

One officer said pursued riders get reckless, putting themselves and others at more risk.

Writing on the Southampton Cops section of Hampshire Police’s Facebook page, he said the force would assess later if the evidence and crime was “proportionate with further investigation”.

The post led to a ­public backlash.

Phil Allen branded it a “charter to support criminals” and a “dereliction of duty”.

Anna McLeish called it a “how-to guide for committing crime, either stealing someone’s motorcycle or using them as a getaway vehicle”.

Others branded it “pathetic”.

But Southampton Police replied: “Committing bike theft is not a free-for-all.

"It is still investigated.”

One in 46 registered motor­bikes was stolen in 2019.

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