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Joyriding is not fun for those left to pick up pieces in wake of moped thugs

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“I heard the roar of the engine just before I realised the motorbike was on the pavement and heading towards me and my buggy.

“He had no intention of getting out my way. I had no choice but to jump onto a busy road with my baby.

“I was shaking and all I heard was him whooping with laughter.”

Those were the words of one woman terrified by the scourge that’s been plaguing streets in towns and cities for donkey’s years – thieving joyriding thugs.

Causing misery and havoc, they pilfer any vehicle they can get their grubby little hands on.

Bikes and mopeds seem to be a favourite as the thugs tear up and down residential streets, hurtle along pavements seemingly uncaring about any (human) obstacles in their way, pulling wheelies and weaving in and out of traffic.

It’s a menace that has steadily been getting worse over the years as bored youths and adults prove their brain cells have melted into the violent computer games that fuel their lawlessness and contempt for real life.

We recently highlighted a gang using TikTok to brag of their exploits in Glasgow captioning their videos “Ripping Up Everywhere”.

The account, which operates under the name Stickybandits2 and also includes the names Harry and Marv, can be seen tailing police vans while officers were unaware the motor thieves were driving........

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