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E-scooter rider flees police officer hurling clipboard after him 

Throw the book at him! Moment rider flees from police as they try to confiscate his e-scooter – and a frustrated officer hurls his clipboard after him

  • Metropolitan Police were conducting stop checks on illegal e-scooter riders 
  • Footage showed one rider arguing with officers about having his vehicle seized
  • Seconds later he is seen fleeing on scooter with an officer running behind him

A brazen man was spotted fleeing police on his e-scooter down a busy central London street – seconds after being filmed having the vehicle seized.

Footage shows the man moments before having a heated argument with several police officers when they attempt to confiscate his scooter for illegal use in the capital city.

The Met Police have been cracking down on unlawful riders taking over pavements and committing other offences.

However in a second clip, the man is seen back on his scooter making a dash down the road near Marble Arch.

A police officer frantically tries to catch the rider – even throwing his clipboard at the man whilst in pursuit – but the man appears to make an escape.

The incident happened at around 11am on June 14 just metres from busy Park Lane traffic. 

The video was shared by @ruidoloco1 on social media and online users were left amused by the police officer’s futile chase of the e-scooter rider.

One commented: ‘You could say they threw the book at him lol,’ referring to the officer throwing his notepad at the e-scooter.

A brazen man was spotted fleeing police on his e-scooter down a busy central London street – seconds after being filmed having the vehicle seized

A brazen man was spotted fleeing police on his e-scooter down a busy central London street – seconds after being filmed having the vehicle seized

A police officer frantically tries to catch the rider – even throwing his clipboard at the man whilst in pursuit – but the man appears to make an escape

A police officer frantically tries to catch the rider – even throwing his clipboard at the man whilst in pursuit – but the man appears to make an escape

Another person added: ‘Man dashed a piece of paper thinking it would slow him down.’

Another person commented: ‘The scooter wasn’t even that fast and he still got away from that police lol.’

Another individual complained about London’s police on e-scooters: ‘How can they put electric scooters on the streets for people to pay to use but not allowed their own really makes sense [sic].’ 

The Metropolitan police have launched a crackdown on people illegally riding e-scooters in London, seizing more than 800 vehicle so far this year.

The Metropolitan police have launched a crackdown on people illegally riding e-scooters in London, seizing multiple vehicles and taking them off the street

The Metropolitan police have launched a crackdown on people illegally riding e-scooters in London, seizing multiple vehicles and taking them off the street

Those found riding a private e-scooter could also lose six points on their current or future driver’s licence and be fined up to £300.

E-scooters can be bought legally but in London, they can only be used legally on private land with the owner’s permission. Use on pavement or roads is not permitted.

While electric scooters are available to rent in some boroughs, as part of a Transport For London (TfL) trial, they are still banned from being used on pavements.

E-scooters can be bought legally but in London, they can only be used legally on private land with the owner’s permission. Use on pavement or roads is not permitted

E-scooters can be bought legally but in London, they can only be used legally on private land with the owner’s permission. Use on pavement or roads is not permitted

Police data released last month showed that e-scooters have been used in hundreds of offences in London, including assaults, burglaries and anti-social behaviour.

Met Police said: ‘The riding of e-scooters on London’s roads and pavements remains illegal and potentially dangerous.

‘Under current legislation, e-scooters can only be driven on private land.

‘The Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command continues to conduct operations across the capital to engage with e-scooter users, taking enforcement action where necessary.’

MailOnline has approached the Met Police for comment.

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