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Officers ask the public to be vigilant after getting reports of people impersonating police officers in Manchester

Officers are asking members of the public to be vigilant after reports of people impersonating police officers in Manchester.

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Police have received reports of bogus officers, dressed in what resembles police uniform, demanding money from members of the public and issuing them with illegitimate fines.

In some instances, the offenders have searched members of the public and threatened them with arrest.

One of the incidents occurred on the evening of Wednesday 29 May 2019 between 11pm and midnight near to the Etihad Stadium, where a young woman was approached by the offenders who demanded a quantity of cash.

Detective Sergeant Jonathan Barnett, of GMP’s City of Manchester division, said: “We are aware that this may cause concern to members of the local community but I want to reassure people that we are doing everything possible to trace those responsible.

“However, in the lead up to what will be a very busy weekend in the city centre, we are keen to make people aware of these incidents so they are informed and can remain vigilant.

“It is important to remember that officers would never demand money to be paid on the spot and if you are given a fixed penalty notice, you will be given a form which explains how to pay and your legal rights.

“As well as this, officers will always carry official ID, which can be verified by any member of the public by calling 101.

“I’d also like to take this opportunity to appeal to anyone who may have witnessed any of these incidents to come forward. If you saw anything, no matter how insignificant you think it may be, please get in touch with us.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 1146, quoting incident number 103 of 30/05/19. Reports can also be made anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 

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