Warning after bogus police officer flags down woman travelling alone on A1M

Police are warning drivers after a woman was pulled over on the motorway by a man claiming to be a police officer.

Friday, 16th March 2018, 2:10 pm
Updated Friday, 16th March 2018, 2:15 pm
The A1M south of Chester-le-Street. Picture from Google Images

The 40-year-old woman was alone in the car and heading north on the A1(M) through County Durham when the incident happened on Sunday, March 11.

At around 1pm, a man driving a silver Vauxhall car flashed an ID card at her and told her to pull over just before she reached the Chester-le-Street junction, .

She did so and the man approached her, telling her she was being reported for speeding and took her name and date of birth.

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PC Paul Walmsley, of Durham Police, said: "Our enquiries are ongoing, but it appears that this may be a person purporting to be an officer.

"A police officer in a marked vehicle or displaying blue lights and in uniform is the only person entitled to ask you to stop your vehicle."

The male driver is described as being around 5ft 8 tall, overweight and wearing a hoodie.

Anyone with information is asked to ring Durham Police on 101.