Police hunt bogus officers after motorists pulled over

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Police are searching for two men who posed as officers after three similar incidents in South Lanarkshire.

A 31-year-old man was driving his Volkswagen Passat on Stewartfield Road, East Kilbride, at 2:15am on Wednesday when a black Astra with blue lights fitted in the grille drove up behind him.

The driver of the Passat pulled over and the man driving the Astra got out and approached him. He was dressed in what looked similar to a police uniform, and he asked the motorist to get out of his car to speak to him.

The Passat driver refused to do so, and the suspect then got back in his car and left.

The passenger in the Astra was dressed in dark clothing and remained standing next to the vehicle during the incident. The driver is described as white, 5ft 8in with a medium build and scruffy appearance.

In an earlier incident on 30 October, a grey Volkswagen Passat fitted with blue flashing lights stopped a black Audi A1 in Mavor Avenue, East Kilbride.

The two bogus police officers, dressed in police uniform, persuaded the Audi driver to get out of his car before one of the suspects drove off with the vehicle. The other suspect left in the Passat.

A similar incident occurred earlier on the same day at 6:30pm on Hamilton Road, Cambuslang. The driver then refused to leave his car and asked to see the officer’s warrant card to confirm his identity. The suspect returned to his car and made off along with his accomplice.

Detective Sergeant Graeme Begley said: “Our inquiries are ongoing into this report and to establish if this incident is linked to two similar incidents on Sunday 30 October in East Kilbride and Cambuslang.

“Although we cannot confirm they are linked at this time, we are not ruling anything out. Officers are carrying out inquiries in the area to trace those responsible and we are looking through CCTV images to identify them.

“These incidents are concerning and additional patrols are being carried out in the area following this incident.

“Genuine police officers will be in full uniform. All officers carry a warrant card with their photograph and details on it. If you have any doubt about their authenticity, take a note of their details and contact your local police.”

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