Claims that men pretended to be police officers

The Metropolitan Police says it is aware of a video circulating on social media filmed in East London appearing to show two men impersonating police officers.

Police were called at 6:5pm on Tuesday (12 October) to a residential block in The Shaftesburys, Barking.

A woman reported that two men had attended her address. They were claiming to be police officers and were dressed in crude uniform including caps, and said they were there to search the property.

They were initially allowed in before the residents became suspicious and asked to see their identification, which they could not produce.

Upon being further challenged the suspects left the address. They were followed and fled in the direction of Abbey Road.

Officers attended and conducted an area search but the men could not be located.

It is not believed that anything was stolen from the address and there were no reports of any physical injuries.

An investigation is ongoing. There have been no arrests at this time.

Video on social media appearing to show men impersonating police officers in east London

Police would like to speak to the two men pictured and ask anyone who has information that could help to call 101 ref CAD 6640/12 Oct.

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