Watch: Thieves grab e-scooter from commuter at train station
This is the shocking moment three hooded thieves stole an e-scooter from a commuter inside a train station before escaping.
Footage shows one of the thieves punch the victim in the face – causing him to fall to the floor clutching his cheek – as he tried to reclaim his scooter from the trio.
The thieves, all dressed in black hooded coats, are then seeing running away from the man as he chases after them, with one riding the victim's e-scooter out of the station.
The victim suffered minor injuries but did not require hospital treatment.
A witness said that around 20 fellow commuters watched on as the ordeal unfolded at around 5.30am on Wednesday morning at Luton railway station, Bedfordshire.
The witness, who asked not to be named, said: "No-one reacted because it happened very quickly.
"The three guys went past the victim and they had some issue for a couple of moments.
"Then very quickly they started swearing and shouting at each other."
Bedfordshire Police confirmed that it had received a report of theft related to the incident.
A force spokesperson said: "We were called just before 5.45am this morning (Wednesday) to a report of a theft of an e-scooter in Luton Rail Station.
"The victim was left with minor injuries, but didn’t need hospital treatment.”
The case was passed on to British Transport Police, who confirmed that enquiries into the incident are still ongoing.
Trials of e-scooter hire schemes were permitted in cities across Britain in July last year.
Figures released by the Met Police in November found that e-scooter crashes in London rose from four in 2018 to 32 the following year.
Police data released in April also found that e-scooters are being used in hundreds of offences including assaults, burglaries and anti-social behaviour.
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