Food delivery moped riders blockade Parliament Square in protest against acid attacks

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Hundreds of moped riders brought Westminster to a standstill by staging a major protest against a recent spate of acid attacks across London.

Activists descended on Parliament Square on Tuesday afternoon to call for a crackdown on acid attacks and motorcycle thefts.

Couriers and delivery drivers met at Altab Ali Park, in Whitechapel, at midday before riding in convoy to central London. 

A series of motorcycle crime prevention groups met outside the Ace Café on the North Circular before travelling into Westminster for the protest, which began at about 2pm.

Moped riders used their vehicles to block up the roads around Parliament Square and beeped their horns during the protest.

Jabed Hussain, who was the victim of an acid attack in the capital last week, led the delivery drivers’ protest and carried a huge banner which read: “Stop acid attacks, bike theft and motorcycle crime.”   

Mr Hussain was one of five people who were injured when they were targeted by two moped riding attackers in a 90-minute rampage in London last Thursday.

Deliveroo and UberEats, two takeaway delivery firms operating in the capital, confirmed one of their employees were among those attacked.

On Monday, a 16-year-old boy denied any involvement in the rampage when he appeared at Stratford Youth Court charged with 13 offences. 


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