Stop – I’m the police

A man has been charged after allegedly posing as a police officer and demanding the occupants of a car hand him their vehicle – not realising it was an unmarked police car.

Scotland Yard said the alleged incident happened outside a Waitrose supermarket on Ballards Lane in Finchley, north London, in the early hours of Thursday morning. Plain-clothed police officers were on patrol in the area.

A force spokesman said: “Allegedly a man stepped on to the pavement, into the way of the car, flagged it down and said: ‘Give me your car, I’m a police officer.’

“They declined to acquiesce and the driver identified himself as a police officer. The incident ended up with a man being arrested and subsequently charged.”

It is claimed there was an altercation while the arrest took place.

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