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Warning issued after driver assaulted by police impersonators

Drivers urged to check credentials before stepping out of their car.

Motorists who live in or around the town of Luton have been asked to check the credentials of police officers before stepping out of their vehicle after an unnamed 41-year-old was assaulted by two unknown men who were posing as undercover cops.

Reports say the victim was driving along in his Honda Civic when the police impersonators driving a dark-coloured Mercedes-Benz with a flashing blue light pulled him over just off the M1 motorway at 2:59am on January 18th. The men then asked him to step out of the Civic.

At this point the two men nicked his keys and wallet before assaulting him and driving off.

The Luton and Dunstable Express said the two offenders were described as around 5’6″ tall, black, aged between 25 and 30 years old and had their hoods up at the time of the attack.

“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,” investigating officer Detective Cathy Layton commented. “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.”

“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,” Layton added.

Reports say the victim of the attack was able to make it home. He later recovered his car. Police are investigating the incident.


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