A MAN was handcuffed in his own home after two fake cops turned up to “arrest” him.
The 38-year-old was targeted by the bogus callers at his four-bedroomed semi-detached home in Maythorne Drive, South Hetton
The pair, who were wearing what the victim has described as “very convincing” uniforms, knocked on the door of the house and announced they had come to arrest him.
They then made him sit on a chair in the living room before immobilising his hands with police-style handcuffs.
However, the bogus officers fled when a friend of the victim arrived at the house and became suspicious.
They are thought to have made their escape in a dark Citroen saloon car, possibly in the company of two other men.
Police, who released the victim, want to hear from anyone who saw the car or the raiderssbelieve the car may have been noticed by residents or witnesses and have urged them to come forward.
The householder was released from his bonds when genuine police officers arrived.
He was shaken by the incident, which happened on Friday evening, but physically unhurt.
Police say at this stage in inquires, it is not known if the intruders had time to steal anything from the house.
Acting Detective Inspector Mick Kirtley said: “The victim was genuinely taken in by the police uniforms these men were wearing, which apparently were very convincing.
“This was a disturbing incident and we are appealing for people to contact us if they noticed anything unusual in Maythorne Drive on Friday evening.”
The first bogus policemen is described as aged between 40 and 45, around 5ft 9in tall, with ginger/grey stubble. He spoke with a Scottish accent.
His accomplice was younger, perhaps between 30 and 40 and of the same height, but thinner than the first man.
He had short, dark hair which was gelled.
Both men wore a black police hat, a waterproof jacket with a reflective pattern across the chest and the word Police across the back.
House-to-house inquiries have been carried out in the village and extra patrols have been drafted in, although investigators say it is an isolated incident.
The attack took place at around 6.15pm on Friday.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Durham Constabulary on 0345 60 60 365 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.