Drivers in Luton are being warned by police to be extra vigilant and check the credentials of any officer who pulls them over in an unmarked car, after a motorist was violently robbed by criminals posing as police.
Earlier this month a 41-year-old driver was signalled to stop by a dark coloured Mercedes, which was fitted with flashing blue lights, in the early hours of the morning.
After being asked to get out of his car by who he thought were two police officers, the man had his ignition keys taken, before being beaten and robbed of his wallet.
The victim was later able to get home and have his vehicle recovered.
The two offenders are both described as black, 5’6” tall, between 25 and 30 years old and wearing dark clothes with hoods over their heads.
In the wake of the incident, police are advising drivers to be doubly sure of who it is that has pulled them over.
Detective Constable Cathy Layton, of Bedfordshire police, said: “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,” reported the Luton and Dunstable Express.
"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.”
She continued: “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.”