A man has been issued with a strong warning after being caught in a fake police car
The fantasy police officer has been using his blue light to pull over drivers to accuse them of speeding.
He was tracked down after an appeal by genuine bobbies for impersonating an officer – but was let off with a stern warning.
A suspicious member of the public called in real police after being stopped by the bogus officer using the homemade flashing lights at Pontardawe, Swansea.
In their appeal, a police spokesman said: “South Wales Police received a report of a male impersonating a police officer on the A4067 within the Pontardawe area.
A previous example of a fake police car
“We are continuing to investigate the incident and would urge any witnesses to come forward.“
I am worried that people will not feel safe to pull over in the future
Mayor Rebeca Phillips
Impersonating a police officer is a criminal offence under Section 90 of the Police Act 1996, with offenders potentially facing as much as six months’ imprisonment.
But despite tracking down the wannabe, the fake officer wasn't charged with any offence. The spokesman added: “The matter has been dealt with proportionality and suitable words of advice given to the driver in regards to his conduct.“
Offenders can face as long as six months in prison for impersonating a police officer
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Pontardawe mayor Rebeca Phillips, said: “It is concerning to think that somebody within our community is impersonating a police officer.
“While it is positive that this person has been found and spoken to, drivers in the area will no doubt remain concerned regarding the incident.
“I am worried that people will not feel safe to pull over in the future if asked to do so.
“Police should be people we turn to when in trouble and need help, this incident leaves people feeling very vulnerable and cautions of them. I would hope that the police have treated the matter appropriately and with the seriousness it deserves.”