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CRIME: Man arrested for impersonating a police officer and fraud near Maidstone

Thursday 14th March 2019

A MAN has been arrested after impersonating police officer near Maidstone in a car displaying blue flashing lights. 

The motorist was stopped by a police patrol on March 7 2019 while driving a blue Ford Fiesta through West Farleigh.

The man, in his 40s from the Gravesend area, was arrested on suspicion of impersonating a police officer and fraud.

The officers also seized a police-style high visibility jacket and a fake police warrant card. He was subsequently released pending further investigation.

District Commander for Tonbridge and Malling, Chief Inspector Peter Steenhuis, said: "Even though this man was not a police officer, his car had blue flashing lights in the grill and on the dashboard, and he possessed police-style clothing and identification.

"We would like to hear from anybody who may have been stopped by this man, particularly in the Maidstone or Medway areas, in circumstances that may have caused them to believe he was a police officer."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the appeal line on 01622 604100 quoting crime reference 46/43488/19.

You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers in Kent anonymously on 0800 555111.