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Man pretending to be a police officer stole a car on the M40 near Beaconsfield

| January 15, 2020

A man pretending to be a police officer stole a car on the M40 near Beaconsfield on Friday 10th January 2020.

At around 5.00am, two people were in a car driving along the Southbound carriageway of the M40 between Junction 2 (Beaconsfield) and Junction 1a (M25 Interchange) towards the M25.

The two people became aware of a car with blue flashing lights behind them and they pulled over onto the hard shoulder, the car display flashing blue lights pulled over behind them.

A man got out of the car that had been displaying the blue lights and approached the window of the car containing two people. The man told the driver of the first car that he was a police officer, asked a number of questions and then asked the two people to get out of the car they were travelling in. When they got out of their car, the man pretending to be a police officer got into the driver’s seat of their car and drove off. The car behind, that had been displaying flashing blue lights, then drove off as well.

The car that was taken during the incident was a black Volkswagen Golf and the car that had been displaying the flashing blue lights is described as a black Seat Cupra estate.

Police are looking for a white man, aged 27 to 35 years old in connection with the incident. He is about 5ft 7ins tall, of an average build, baby faced and spoke with a southern accent. He was wearing grey tracksuit top and bottoms and a black baseball cap.

Detective Constable Mark Banham, based at Amersham police station, said: ‘…. If you think you may have seen this incident or have dash-cam footage from around this time around junctions 2 and 1a of the M40 to get in touch.

You can contact us using our online form or by calling 101, quoting reference number 43200010018. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Incidents like this are incredibly rare. If you have any doubt about someone who identifies themselves to you as a police officer, you can always ask to see their warrant card. All officers, including covert officers, will carry their warrant card with them. Their warrant card will display their photograph, name and shoulder number and will include a hologram of the force crest and the signature of the Chief Constable. You can also call 101 and give the officer’s shoulder number or name to the call handler and they will be able to confirm the officer’s identity.

*Source of article : Thames Valley Police ‘latest news’.

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