Motorists warned after bogus police officers pulled over driver and stole wallet


Police car with lights on at night

Drivers in Luton are being warned to check all credentials of undercover police officers before stepping out of the car after a 41-year-old driver was assaulted by bogus police officers last weekend.

According to official police reports, the driver of the silver Honda Civic was signalled to stop by two men in a dark coloured Mercedes-Benz that was displaying a flashing blue light.

The Civic driver pulled over on Whipperley Way, just off the M1, after the bogus undercover officers flagged him down. Two men asked the driver to step out of the vehicle before taking the victim's ignition key, assaulting him and stealing his wallet.

According to the Luton and Dunstable Express, the two offenders were both described as black, between 25 to 30 years old, 5'6" tall and wearing dark clothes with hoods pulled up over their heads.

The victim managed to get home following the incident, where he arranged for his car to be recovered.

Investigating officer, Detective Cathy Layton, told the Luton and Dunstable Express: "Officers stopping motorists will always identify themselves with official identification cards and I would recommend that anyone who is stopped by officers in plain clothes asks to see an identification card.

"If you are still unsure you can contact the force control room on 101 and confirm that you are dealing with bona fide police officers."

She added: "I would also like to urge anyone who can help identify the two men involved in this incident from the descriptions given to come forward and assist this investigation."