This is the moment police officers commandeered e-bikes from cyclists in pursuit of a rider who had stolen a bottle of brandy in a low-speed chase, according to reports. 

The incident is believed to have happened near the River Wandle, South London, on April 9 and the video was posted online this morning. 

It was captioned ‘The British Police are in pursuit of a man cycling away with a stolen bottle of Hennessy’. 

As the Met Police revealed, the man they were chasing was actually identified as ‘being wanted on recall to prison’.

In the clip, numerous officers can be seen running down the river path. A couple of the officers are seen borrowing bikes from members of the public in order to speed up the chase. 

The video then shows a discarded bottle of brandy on the ground, which the man dropped during the chase. 

A police officer appears to ask a member of the public if she can borrow her bike

Police officers cycle down the path – reports claim they are chasing someone who has stolen a bottle of brandy

The video, which has been shared online, then shows a discarded bottle of brandy on the ground

A Met Police spokesperson said: ‘On Monday 9 April, officers attempted to stop a man cycling along Penwith Road, SW18 after he was identified as being wanted on recall to prison.

‘The suspect evaded officers and continued to cycle along Summerly Street and Trewint Street, before turning right into Garratt Lane, failing to stop for police.

‘Officers left the marked vehicle and attempted to chase the suspect on foot. Due to the quick thinking of those involved and helpful members of the public, the officers managed to use their bikes in an attempt to catch the suspect.

‘During the pursuit, a bottle of whiskey was dropped and recovered by officers at the scene. The man made off and officers were unable to locate him.

‘Enquiries are ongoing to trace him.

‘The bikes were returned to the members of the public and they were both driven to their intended destination. As a thanks for their help, they were rewarded with a front seat in the marked car, and were grateful for the work of local officers.’

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