Home Secretary Sajid Javid reveals how he was a moped mugging victim as he launches battle to beat v
Home Secretary Sajid Javid, 48, has revealed he was a moped mugging victim — as he launches a blitz on street crime.
He admits it left him fearing for his kids’ safety when they go out.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid reveals to Sun on Sunday how he was a victim of a moped mugging
The newly appointed Home Secretary, 48, is planning a blitz on moped muggings nationwide as the issue increases
The Conservative MP was shaken when raiders roared on to a pavement to snatch his phone from his hand in North London.
He said: “It happened in a flash. I was walking out of Euston station and reached for my phone to call a taxi.
“It was brand new. Before I knew what was happening, it had gone. They just rode up, grabbed it and zoomed off.
“I was angry and upset but thought myself lucky not to have been stabbed or beaten up like many other victims who fall prey to these vicious criminals.”
In his first interview since taking charge of the nation’s security and policing policy,the dad of four told of his personal experience of street crime.
And he admitted being anxious over his teenage children being out on the streets. He said: “I worry about them, especially if it’s late.
“My eldest child, my daughter, is home from university and a couple of weeks ago went out to celebrate her 19th birthday. She told me she was going to stay out late with friends in London.
“It was a day when I’d heard about a lot more knife crime. I worried that night that she was out there.
“We want our children to be safe. It will drive me even more to ensure no parent worries about kids out at night.
“Our streets should be safe at all times, you shouldn’t have to worry about things like knife or other crime.”
In an exclusive, wide-ranging interview, Mr Javid, son of a Pakistani immigrant bus driver, told how he: His moped gang ordeal came just months before he was named Britain’s first ethnic minority Home Secretary.
Sajid feared for his daughter's safety as she celebrated her 19th birthday with a night out with friends in London
It made him a small part of the chilling street crime statistics that are his most pressing task.
He said: “I’ve huge responsibilities in this job. The biggest is to keep everyone safe.
“Like many others, I’ve seen the effects of crime close up and I worry about my kids.
“I think this and my family background help me to understand and relate.”
Most of the street crime plague is fuelled by rising knife attacks and moped muggings.
At least 46 people have been stabbed to death in London this year. Even in leafy shires the blade epidemic is up 270 per cent.
Scooter gangs committed 23,000 recorded crimes last year — an average of 64 a day and up 163 per cent on the year before
Sajid's brother Bas is a West Midlands Police superintendent
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