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Appeal: Men pretending to be police officers search woman’s home in Barking

Footage of the incident was widely shared on social media (Credit: Metropolitan Police)

Police are trying to identify two men who impersonated police officers in Barking. 

A woman reported that two men had claimed they were police officers and needed to search her property at a residential block in The Shaftesburys at around 6.50pm on Tuesday, 12 October. 

They were dressed in a crude uniform that included caps, harnesses and batons. 

Footage of the incident has been shared on social media

The victim initially allowed them inside before becoming suspicious and asking to see their identification, which they could not produce. 

After she challenged them further they left and fled in the direction of Abbey Road. 

Officers conducted a search of the area but could not find the suspects. 

It is not believed they stole anything from the address and there were no reports of any physical injuries. 

An investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made. 

Anyone who has information that could help police is asked to call them on 101 ref CAD 6640/12 Oct.

Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via crimestoppers-uk.org.

The Metropolitan Police has issued guidance on checking the identity of a police officer. 

“Unfortunately, there have been occasions when fraudsters have posed as police officers, both in person and on the phone, to trick people into giving them personal information and defraud them of money,” said a spokesperson. 

“If one of our officers contacts you in person, they’ll show you their police warrant card. This is proof of their identity and authority.

“Remember if you’re unsure about whether the person you’re dealing with is a genuine police officer – stop – and call us on 101 to check their identity.

“In an emergency always call 999.”

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