“Don’t stop for unmarked cars” – Essex Police
In two similar instances, a silver Ford Mondeo with a blue flashing light requested drivers to pull over. Imposter “police officers” made the drivers get out of their vans, then got inside and drove away.
In one theft, one thief was armed with a firearm.
DCI Stuart Smith said: "In a direct response to these incidents occurring a direction has been given to our officers that they should not, unless in emergency circumstances, be in an unmarked car and attempt to stop a driver. We have taken this decision to safeguard motorists in Essex while these offenders remain outstanding.
"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.”
Essex Police request that anyone with information about either incident call 101.