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Warning Issued By Police

Tuesday August 5 2014

EXTRA police patrols are taking place in Barnsley after the driver of a bogus blue light vehicle attempted to grab a female motorist.

The incident, on Soughley Lane, Wortley, happened on August 1 at around 10.40pm.

A female motorist was driving alone when she saw blue lights in her rear-view mirror. She subsequently pulled over, believing the car to be a police vehicle.

A man then opened her driver's door and attempted to pull her from her car, but after a struggle she managed to drive away.

Detective Inspector Sharon Hancock said: "Purporting to be a police vehicle is against the law and we urge anyone driving in the area to remain vigilant.

"If motorists are in any doubt when being stopped, they should wait in their car with the doors locked until they can clearly see police identification.

"An officer will be happy for you to call the police, give your location and get confirmation that it is a police officer with them.

"This appears to be an isolated incident but extra patrols are taking place in the area to offer reassurance to local residents."

Anyone with information about the bogus vehicle should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 1294 of August 1.

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Reply Posted by neenorr on Tuesday August 5 2014 at 18:27
How many people will refuse to stop for a real police car late at night now when on their own????

Reply Posted by Matt on Tuesday August 5 2014 at 19:10
It don't say refuse to pull over but you can refuse to open your door and ring 999 and they will tell you if the officer is genuine or not .... This is done with high valvular HGV goods if stopped by police

Reply Posted by Matt on Tuesday August 5 2014 at 19:11
High Value *

Reply Posted by Fred on Tuesday August 5 2014 at 22:33
Jim, this is reported in the Barnsley Chronicle along with an incident number to use when calling the police. I hardly think this would be made up just to please the wearebarnsley's 'evil, sick and twisted minds'. You should really consider your comments before making ludicrous claims.

Reply Posted by Anastasia on Tuesday August 5 2014 at 23:50
Jim, I think you should assume good faith with the WAB admins. I doubt they would joke about something like this. How the heck do you know if it's true or not? Are you trying to cover up something? #itsaconspiracy

Reply Posted by Donna on Tuesday August 5 2014 at 23:59
It's also on the South Yorkshire police website.

I would never stop for a marked car or unmarked car unless I was near shops etc. where there's plenty of people about.

I know 100% I have no reason for them to stop me and I never speed etc
Therefore they have no valid reason to stop me.

I hope this lady that stopped is ok though and that she gets all the support she needs to get over such a traumatic event that could have ended so differantly if it wasn't for her sheer streth of life to break free.

Hope it doesn't have too bad an effect on her and her family.

Reply Posted by fran on Wednesday August 6 2014 at 06:17
How shocking, there are some really scary people around. I hope the poor woman in question is ok. Donna you would be driving for awhile if you were to continue driving round Wortley and surrounding areas to get to a busy built up area, obviously that's why he targeted a car in a very quiet rural location.

Reply Posted by Ian Sutton on Thursday August 7 2014 at 10:05
A description of the offender would be nice?

Reply Posted by Tony on Friday August 8 2014 at 04:09
The police aren't allowed to pull a vehicle over on unlit country roads at night time(after dark) because of this reason they must wait until you are at least 50 yards into a built up area it's the law and all police know this so a genuine officer will only show blues to you within a built up area your safety and security is their priority aswel as their job if they fail to adhere to the law

Reply Posted by Neil on Saturday August 9 2014 at 21:10
Please ring 101 and not 999 to confirm it is a police officer. 999 is for emergencies ONLY, eg life or death. Think before dialling 999. If they try grabbing you this is a worthy reason.

Reply Posted by man on Sunday August 10 2014 at 20:18
?? So what do the extra police patrols do rest of time, surely they have not recruited additional staff to undertake the addition patrols.

Reply Posted by njc on Sunday August 10 2014 at 22:29
I got pulled up over dove cliff at 11pm in the pitch black and I said to the officer i didn't think You could pull Me here and he said he could.

Reply Posted by John on Monday August 11 2014 at 20:09
Providing you don't look like you are going to run and acknolage you know they trying to stop you if in an unlit country road and you keep driveing till you get to a lit area a normal police officer should be understanding when you explain your reason for not stopping straight away also it is stated in the highway coad that when requested to stop by an police officer you should do at the first SAFE place to do so

Reply Posted by tracey on Thursday August 14 2014 at 13:09
I thought you could wait to park somewhere you feel safe eg? petrol station etc... and that police will follow you if you're not speeding obviously....