THIS is the dramatic moment a gang of moped riders attacked a man on his motorbike with a fire extinguisher.

The 58-year-old man was riding his motorbike on Roden Street in Ilford when he was surrounded by seven suspects on four mopeds.

The images, captured on the victim’s helmet camera, shows him fall to the ground after being sprayed with a fire extinguisher.

The gang fled the scene after failing to steal his bike at about 3.15pm on Tuesday, April 18.

Detectives are investigating seven ‘moped-enabled’ thefts in east London around this attack, which the Met think were carried out by the same gang.

Detective Sergeant Dean Grafton, from the East Area Command Unit based in Ilford, said: “We are appealing for any information as to the identity and whereabouts of this gang that are clearly targeting motorcyclists in the east London area.

“They are often seen in pairs on mopeds or scooters and with a fire extinguisher to distract their victim with a view to stealing the motorbikes.

“If anyone has recorded video footage of the group, please can they contact us.”

Two 15-year-olds and a 16-year-old were arrested and later released under investigation.

Enquiries continue.

Any witnesses or anyone who has any information is urged to contact the investigation team on 07766 247747, or via 101, or by tweeting @MetCC

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit