Woman stopped by fake police car in South Wiltshire

Driving at night

7:05pm 3rd January 2016

A woman has been left 'shocked and shaken' after being targeted by two men pretending to be police officers in South Wiltshire.

The victim, who was alone in the car, was driving along Down Barn Road in Winterbourne Gunner between 4.30pm and 5.00pm on New Year's Eve (Thursday December 31st 2015) when a car behind her flashed its headlights and used a blue light to get her to pull over.

The two men told her she had no car tax or insurance and asked her to sit in the back seat of their car - but when she became suspicious and asked for their ID, she was pushed and there was a scuffle.

Luckily she managed to escape unhurt to drive away.

The car then started to follow her again, until reaching the junction with the A345, where it turned left towards Salisbury.

Wiltshire Police have given us a description of the men involved and the car they were in:

"The driver of the suspicious vehicle is described as male, white, in his 30s with short dark hair and was well dressed. The passenger was a black male, of a similar age and a bald head. The car itself was a four door, dark coloured hatchback."

WHAT TO DO IF YOU'RE FOLLOWED BY AN 'UMARKED' CAR - ADVICE FROM WILTSHIRE POLICE:

  • - An unmarked police car can stop vehicles, but it must contain a constable who MUST be in uniform in order to carry out the stop.
  • - If a car flashing for you to pull over or stop is unmarked, unless you are 100% certain it is the police, DO NOT STOP. Drive steadily to the nearest public place (for example a petrol station where they are open till late, a police station or somewhere there are a lot of people) and then stop. 
  • - If you are in a relatively deserted area, as a last resort, consider looking for a house that is obviously occupied and pull into the driveway. (You can always apologise to the householder afterwards.)
  • - Try and signal that you have acknowledged the request to stop and indicate the action you are taking (put your flashers on or signal by pointing from the driver's window etc.). Don't drive off at great speed making the police think you are trying to get away.
  • - Keep the doors locked until you are happy it is the police. Have your mobile at hand just in case. You can ask to see a warrant card, which should carry a name and photograph, through the closed window.


Police have also told us that another driver might be able to help them with information about this incident:

"At the time of this incident happening, the victim was aware of another car passing and heading towards the A345. Was this you and did you see two cars parked at the side of the road at this location. The road is fairly narrow at this point, so any cars parked here would have been quite obvious."

If you can help Wiltshire Police with any information, or if something similar has happened to you call 101 or you can call Crimestoppers where information can be left anonymously 0800 555 111

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