And the Met needs far more bikes. They proudly announced buying 4 (yes - four) BMW scrambler bikes last October specially to counter moped robbers.
Hot pursuit should be undertaken unhesitatingly, regardless of 'risk assessment'. It was the personal injury lawyers and out of touch (or politically motivated) judges who stopped it. If our headlines told us of a few dozen teenage deaths in pursuits, the rest of them might begin to consider the game isn't worth playing.
In Waltham Forest, you'd better not drop a fag end or you'll have an immediate on the spot fine imposed by a local authority warden without any recourse to proper process of law.
But you can rob and knife people with no fear of arrest whatsoever. I don't like litter - but a street with litter on it at least shows that the people don't walk around in constant fear of being fined if a sweet wrapper drops out of their pocket when they pull out their wallet.
As Pete says - it isn't entirely a race issue.
But even in old Glasgow they favoured the Stanley Knife - because they did not want to go to the gallows. But there is a total lack of political will plus a few local politicians buying votes by stirring up racial tensions against the police. 60 robberies per day would have been unthinkable a few year ago. It is a state of emergency tantamount to civil war.
But of course you cannot ban male pillion passengers because of sex discrimination legislation.