Robbers pose as police officers

Detectives in London are appealing for information following two robberies in which the suspects are believed to have posed as plain clothes police officers to steal from their victims. 

Police were called at around 11:30pm on Friday, 5 April to reports that a man had been robbed.

The victim, aged in his 50s, alleged that two men had approached him on Bethnal Green Road in Tower Hamlets and told him they were undercover police officers, as well as flashing badges. They then stole a quantity of money from the victim before fleeing the scene. 

In a second incident, a man in his 60s reported that he had been approached by two men in London Fields at around 00:45am on Sunday, 7 April.

The men told the victim they were plain clothes police officers and showed him ID before carrying out a search.

They then told him they needed to see ID, and as he didn’t have any in his possession, would need to take him back to his address to collect it. Once at the address the suspects stole a number of items belonging to the victim and fled the scene. 

Detectives from the Met’s Central East CID are leading an investigation and believe the two incidents are linked.

The first suspect is described as a black man with a slight beard. He was wearing a T-shirt with a red and blue motif on the front. The second suspect was a white man wearing a cap and glasses with a rucksack on his back. 

Detective Constable Alex Heaton, said: “While we don’t want to cause unnecessary alarm, we are reminding the public to remain vigilant and asking anyone who believes they may have been victim of a similar theft to come forward.

“If you are approached by someone claiming to be a police officer and you are not sure if they are genuine or not, you can ring 101 and ask them to confirm their details.

“No undercover officer will ask you for bank details, nor should you ever give your PIN to anyone you don’t know.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 with reference 7910/05APR.

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