Last week's edition of Hayes Town News reported that local Police teams had seized two electric scooters in Hayes Town, Well, they have done it again. Another four were taken away as part of Police patrolling for Operation Sceptre - a crime prevention initiative involving visits to shops and the use of stop and search. Many people do not seem to realise that the use of e-scooters on roads, pavements and cycle lanes is currently illegal. Ironically, Halfords, one of the companies that sells them has issued a helpful statement explaining that their use is illegal other than on private land.
An investigation by the Daily Mail has detailed hundreds of crimes involving people using electric scooters, including robberies, assaults and even a shooting. Information was requested from police forces covering more than 20 cities and towns in Britain where the devices are on trial or about to be piloted. The Metropolitan Police recorded more than 200 incidents last year and seized more than 150 devices across London.