When a scooter is stolen you either expect to find it burnt out or never see it again. Not in this case though, Manchester scooter lad, Jonah had his distinctive Vespa GTS stolen three weeks ago and saw it up close and personal today, when he rammed the rider off the road.

The number plate on the GTS is registered to a black Vespa
The number plate on the GTS is registered to a black Vespa

The GTS was stolen almost three weeks ago from an apartment in a suburb of Manchester, it had a disc lock and handlebar lock fitted but was lifted into a van. Jonah didn’t really expect to see it again but yesterday it was spotted by two friends in the Gorton area of Manchester.

The custom sprayed orange Vespa is pretty unique so wasn’t hard for friends to spot. Jonah had a bit of time to kill today so decided to visit the area where it had been spotted and wait around. After just 40 minutes he was amazed to hear his own scooter riding towards his car. There was no traffic behind it so he pulled out and started the pursuit.

After a couple of miles the rider started to pay attention to the silver jeep in his rear view mirrors and before long decided to make a quick U-Turn and head back the way he’d come. That’s when Jonah decided on a potentially life changing split second decision and rammed the scooter off the road.

The rider flew off the scooter, quickly followed by his crash helmet. Sadly he was able to get to his feet and limp away. Our have a go hero called the police and put his scooter back on its stand to survey the damage. The number plate had been swapped over (cloned from another GTS), the grab rail had been removed and the back light changed from a black to a clear one but other than that the scooter was pretty much as it was, other than some fresh crash damage from the impact.

Could you make that decision?
Could you make that decision?

Armed and dangerous

Another car driver wintessed the incident and had some of it on dash cam but as he was about to swap details an agressive lad turned up saying the scooter had been bought by his friend from Gumtree. Before Jonah knew what was happening two car loads of youths arrived, brandishing knifes and baseball bats. The occupants were wearing ski masks and threatened Jonah, landing a few kicks and punches on him before leaving the scene, punching his jeep and trying to smash the side window before they left.

Just when he thought it was all over the lads returned, so Jonah decided enough was enough and got in his car. Two lads rode the GTS away from the scene whilst Jonah realised the seriousness of the situation and made his escape, whilst speaking to the police on his mobile. The police told him to stay where he was and lock his doors… Needless to say Jonah drove away from the scene as quickly as he could.

As we go to press Jonah is still waiting for the police to visit him. He curently has the rider’s size large helmet in his posession and his scooter has vanished back into the underbelly of Manchester.

Just before the knifes and baseball bats turned up
Just before the knifes and baseball bats turned up

Have your say

Has Britain become a lawless society where the victim is forced to take matters into his own hands to get any kind of justice? Will it take more have-a-go heroes, possibly with deadly consequences before the law is used to protect the honest?

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