Man in ‘fake police’ BMW attempting to pull motorists over in Leicestershire/Rutland
Leicestershire Police have received three reports of vehicle with blue flashing lights
Police have received several reports of motorists being pulled over by a BMW reportedly masquerading as an unmarked police vehicle.
One woman was left feeling scared and called police after stopping in Leicester.
The woman, who is not being named, was driving along Nursery Road in Thurncourt at around 6pm on New Year’s Day.
The motorist said that it was dark at the time and that there were no other vehicles in the area.
She did not see any headlights but then suddenly noticed blue flashing lights behind her.
“It was New Year’s Day and no one else was around, it’s quite a quiet area anyway,” she said.
“Out of nowhere I saw these blue flashing lights – they came out of nowhere, completely out of the blue.
“They were going left to right, just like a police car’s would.
The woman pulled over and was anxious because she did not know why she had been stopped.
The vehicle did not have the markings of a typical police car.
She said that the police vehicle then pulled alongside. Meanwhile, a white Mercedes moved behind her vehicle, boxing it in.
The motorist does not know if the Mercedes was with the BMW, but says its presence heightened her panic.
“I saw one man, I assumed he was the police,” she said. “I was panicking anyway.
“He drove round to the side, put his passenger side window down, and said something to me.
“He then said ‘sorry love’ and drove off. I didn’t see anyone else.”
The woman said she did not make out what the man had initially said.
She added that the man was wearing a casual hoodie.
He then drove around a corner a little way down the road and stopped, remaining in view.
The boot of the BMW was open and the woman could not read the registration plate
The white Mercedes also moved off shortly after the other vehicle.
“I didn’t know whether to carry on or to turn around because I could see the car sticking out,” she aded.
“In the end I turned around as fast as I could and as I did I saw his reverse lights come on.
“I realised it wasn’t the police and, I started to think who were they? What did they want? What were they going to do?
“I was very scared, I don’t dare drive in the dark now.”
Upon reflection, she said that it was “obviously fake” and reported the incident to Leicestershire Policeupon getting home.
Other people have described similar incidents on social media.
And Leicestershire Police confirmed that it had received three separate reports.
“The reports were made on 1 January and involved what is reported to be the same silver BMW car displaying blue flashing lights on the inside of the front windscreen,” a force spokeswoman said.
“A door of the BMW hit the caller’s car when they were both at traffic lights, causing minor damage.
“During the second incident, in Wigston, the caller was told to slow down by the BMW driver and drove off when the driver couldn’t provide any police ID.”
During the third incident, a motorist called from Wardley, Rutland, stating he was being followed by the BMW. It also struck the caller’s car.
“The BMW drove off when the caller stopped at a petrol station. No damage was caused,” added the spokeswoman.
“At no point did the occupants of the BMW appear to be dressed in police uniform or show any police ID.
“A number of inquiries have been carried out in relation to these reports and the crimes will be held on record should further evidence come to light.”
Leicestershire Police issued advice as to what do do for motorists who are pulled over by what they believe to be a police car.
“If you are unsure if you are being pulled over by a genuine officer, keep your car doors locked and, if possible, drive to a place of safety or a well-lit area such as petrol station forecourt,” she said.
“Ask to see a police warrant card through a closed window and, if you are still unsure, dial 999 and wait for confirmation on the phone it’s a genuine officer.
“Only wind down your window or get out of the car when you are sure that it is a genuine police officer.”