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    Brazen punters in Putney, Cambridge Prematurica

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/201...te-university/

    A brazen scooter gang targets BBC cameras along the route of the university boat race
    A moped gang pictured with three bikes seen holding up the rush hour traffic on Putney Bridge whilst attempting to steal a BBC camera secured to the bridge to cover this Saturday's The University Boat Race CREDIT: BACKGRID


    As thefts go, a gang of scooter thieves could not have been more brazen. Armed with an angle grinder they calmly halted London’s rush hour traffic and in broad daylight set about stealing BBC cameras fixed to bridges to film the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race.
    On at least two occasions the gang roamed the route of the race targeting 100,000 television cameras attached to scaffolding and trained on the River Thames.
    They first struck on Putney Bridge just after 5pm on Thursday, minutes after the Oxford and Cambridge crews had rehearsed the start of the race on the river below. The gang fled empty-handed when challenged by an off duty policeman and a crew from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
    The thieves then drove to Barnes Bridge where they outnumbered BBC security staff and cut down a BBC camera fixed to scaffolding. The gang fled and remains at large.
    Rowena Chowdrey, a professional photographer who took photographs of the thieves on Putney Bridge, said she was astounded by how brazen they were.
    “They were very intimidating because they were dressed all in black and had black balaclavas underneath their helmets. All you could see was their eyes,” she said.

    “They were big guys and very confident. It was the fact that they had the audacity to do this in the sunshine and in the middle of London’s rush hour.”


    A lookout stops the traffic on Putney Bridge CREDIT: BACKGRID
    Ms Chowdrey had been photographing the flotilla of more than 10 boats on a practice run for today’s race when she heard the screeching engines and brakes of the motorbikes.
    “They did a recce first. I heard the revving of motorbikes behind me. They then disappeared. I thought they were just kids messing around. But, they were in fact checking out the camera near the lamppost.
    “A few minutes later they were back. There were about five guys on three scooters, two of them on pillion. I could hear the angle grinder.
    “A few of them had stopped traffic so they could get away easily. Meanwhile two others in the gang were literally hanging off Putney Bridge trying to get to the camera.
    “They were challenged by two men whom I learned later were off-duty policemen. One of them technically broke the group up and stopped them using the angle grinder.”
    Miss Chowdrey added: “There were about 60 or 70 witnesses. There were people looking from a bus the thieves had stopped. Others filmed them on their mobile phones from their cars. Everyone was very scared and stayed in their vehicles. We didn’t know if they had knives.”

    The RNLI on the river had spotted the thieves and turned it sirens and lights on to ward them off.


    The thieves lean over Putney Bridge to reach the scaffolding holding the BBC camera CREDIT: BACKGRID
    A spokeswoman for the RNLI said: “The umpire spotted a man interfering with a BBC camera on Putney Bridge. As the inshore lifeboat was only a few hundred yards away, it made for the location.
    “They produced an angle grinder and attempted to cut through the scaffolding pole supporting the BBC camera.
    “The RNLI boat went directly underneath the activity and lit up the sirens and blue lights.”
    The scooter gang drove off towards Barnes Bridge where they managed to remove a BBC camera.
    More than five million people watch the annual 4.2 mile university boat race live on BBC television. The BBC is currently celebrating 80 years of coverage of the event. They use 30 cameras to film the race, one of the most challenging live broadcast the BBC faces each year.
    A BBC spokeswoman said: “We always ensure there is adequate security in place to protect our staff and equipment. On this occasion, staff and security were outnumbered by the thieves who stole a camera.
    “Our priority is the safety and welfare of our staff and nobody was hurt in this incident. This is now a matter for the police.”

    A Metropolitan Police spokesman said no one had been arrested and enquiries were continuing to try try to trace the gang.
    Police were called at around 17.06hrs on Thursday to reports of a group of males on mopeds attempting to remove a camera using an angle grinder on Putney Bridge.
    “The suspects left the scene before police arrived. The camera was not stolen.
    “At 17.52hrs, police were called to Lonsdale Road, Barnes after a video camera was stolen from a scaffolding platform by suspects on mopeds who made off towards Hammersmith Bridge.
    “At this stage, the two incidents are being treated are linked.”
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    White guys dressed in black. Not the sharpest knifes or they would have waited for nightfall.

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