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Police chase sees moped rider smash into car in Kingsland High Street after pursuit through Shoreditch

PUBLISHED: 17:42 09 February 2019 | UPDATED: 09:37 11 February 2019

Police at the scene of the moped crash at the junction of Kingsland High Street and Stoke Newington Road. Picture: Ramzy Alwakeel

Police at the scene of the moped crash at the junction of Kingsland High Street and Stoke Newington Road. Picture: Ramzy Alwakeel

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A moped rider is in hospital after a police chase ended with him crashing into a car in Dalston.

It happened at about 2.30pm on Saturday after officers on foot “made contact” with the rider at the crossroads of the high street, Crossway and Shacklewell Lane.

The pursuit began in Shoreditch High Street at about 2.30pm after the rider “failed to stop for police”, although cops at first lost him shortly afterwards.

But when he tried to drive the vehicle through the barrier of an environmental protest further up the road in Dalston, cops on foot patrol intercepted him and he hit the car, smashing the driver’s window. The woman behind the wheel was unhurt.

Meanwhile the moped rider was treated at the scene by medics from London Ambulance Service. Police said his injuries were not life-threatening.

A Scotland Yard spokesperson said: “The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards and will be informed as a matter of course.”

Environmental protest movement Extinction Rebellion had blocked off Kingsland High Street hours earlier for a demonstration “rebelling against the government for its crimes against humanity”.

Speakers and entertainers addressed the large crowd from a stage outside the Overground station while volunteers handed out leaflets stating: “The forests are burning, the temperatures are soaring, the ecosystem is dying. The lives of the younger generation are in the balance.”

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