Police arrest Honiton man after motorist is stopped by bogus detective in Seaton

Police are appealing for information after a motorist in Seaton was flagged down by a man said to be posing as an off-duty detective.

A male driver is said to have been stopped by the fake police detective on the A3052 near Seaton in the early hours of Friday (June 3).

Devon and Cornwall Police said a man aged in his 40s from the Honiton area has been arrested in connection with the incident. He remains in police custody while enquiries continue.

It was reported that a man aged in his 30s was driving in the Sidmouth direction at around 2.30am when a vehicle approached from behind, flashing its lights before pulling up alongside him.

One of the two occupants of the second car allegedly claimed to be a CID officer, and accused the lone motorist of ‘driving erratically’.

The victim asked to see some identification and drove off when his request was declined.

It was reported that he was then followed by the other car, overtaken and boxed in. Police said he managed to get away in his vehicle.

Officer have reassured the public, saying they believe the incident to be isolated.

They urged anyone doubting an officer’s identity to call immediately 999.

Police Constable Sam Parfett, neighbourhood beat manager for the Seaton area, said: “This is an isolated incident and we are appealing to members of the public who may have information that could help our investigation.”

The officer added: “Communities should be reassured that police officers will always look to verify their identity when engaging with members of the public.

“Officers always carry identification and can always be asked for verification – they are used to providing that reassurance. Officers who are not in uniform will always present a warrant card.

“If people feel they cannot verify an officer’s identity or feel in imminent danger you must seek assistance; if that means shouting out to another member of the public, flagging a car down or dialling 999, then we would ask proportionate steps be taken.

“If police were to request that a vehicle pull over, the driver can always wait to stop in a built-up, well-lit area.

“Anyone with immediate concerns for their safety should call 999 and speak with us if they are unsure of someone’s identity.”

Call police with information on 101, or email 101@dc.police.uk, quoting crime reference CR048031/22.

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