Essex Police are warning motorists not to pull over if requested to do so by an unmarked police car, following a spate of vehicle thefts by fake traffic cops.
Officers have been told not to pull over drivers in unmarked cars, unless it’s an emergency.
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It comes after two vans were stolen by thieves dressed as police officers – with one reportedly carrying a handgun. Both thefts are believed to have taken place on Essex motorways – one on the M25, the other on the M11.
It’s thought that a silver Ford Mondeo equipped with blue lights was used in both incidents.
Det Ch Insp Stuart Smith said: “We have taken this decision to safeguard motorists in Essex while these offenders remain outstanding.
“Our victims have told us that the suspects are purporting to be police officers and are wearing body armour to further enhance this deception in order to steal these vans.
“Anyone who is signalled at to stop by someone in a car which may appear to be an unmarked police is asked not to stop but to call 999 immediately to verify whether the vehicle and its occupants are genuine.”
Anyone with information about the bogus unmarked police car are requested to phone 101 urgently.