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Two men armed with batons ‘impersonating police officers’ try to get into a woman’s home

A woman has filmed two men appearing to impersonate Metropolitan Police officers and accusing her of being a drug dealer while trying to get into her home.

Video footage circulating online shows the men running away from her down a stairwell in a block of flats in Barking, East London, after she asks for their identification.

In the clip, the men dressed in crude uniforms including caps, harnesses and batons, claim they needed to ‘search the property’.

But when challenged by the homeowner and asked for ID, they attempt to knock the phone from her hand. She then chases them from the building and they run down the road.

The pair are also seen wearing latex gloves and carrying handcuffs, with one of them pretending to speak on a radio receiver on his vest.

Scotland Yard launched an investigation after being called to the incident shortly before 7pm on Tuesday, and no one has yet been arrested despite clear photos of both men.  

Police were called to a residential block in The Shaftesburys, Barking, at 6.51pm on Tuesday,  October 12

A video circulating on social media today appears to show two men armed with batons ‘impersonating police officers’ and trying to get into a woman’s home in east London 

The two men were also wearing latex gloves and carrying handcuffs, with one of them heard pretending to speak on a radio receiver on his vest

The two men were also wearing latex gloves and carrying handcuffs, with one of them heard pretending to speak on a radio receiver on his vest

In the video, the woman shouts ‘show me your face,’ ‘you come to my house show me your ID’. 

One talks into his ‘radio’ saying, ‘bring some more in here they are aggressive,’ adding, ‘she is stalking me down the road.’

She adds: ‘Stop hiding your face if you’re the police. What is your reason to come in this house?’

The alleged attempt to pose as Met officers comes weeks after killer cop Wayne Couzens was jailed for murdering Sarah Everard and snatching her from the street using his police ID. 

The two men were initially allowed in before the residents became suspicious and asked to see their identification which they could not produce. 

Upon being further challenged the suspects left the address. 

The Met said officers attended and conducted an area search but the males could not be located.

It is not believed that anything was stolen from the address and there were no reports of any physical injuries. Police said an investigation is ongoing.

A woman reported that two men had attended her address claiming to be police officers

A woman reported that two men had attended her address claiming to be police officers

They were dressed in crude uniforms including caps, harnesses and batons and said they were there to search the property

They were dressed in crude uniforms including caps, harnesses and batons and said they were there to search the property

The two men were initially allowed in before the residents became suspicious and asked to see their identification which they could not produce

The two men were initially allowed in before the residents became suspicious and asked to see their identification which they could not produce

Upon being further challenged the suspects left the address. They were followed and fled in the direction of Abbey Road

Upon being further challenged the suspects left the address. They were followed and fled in the direction of Abbey Road

A Met Police spokesman said: ‘Officers attended and conducted an area search, but the males could not be located.

‘It is not believed that anything was stolen from the address and there were no reports of any physical injuries. An investigation is ongoing. There have been no arrests at this time.’ 

Members of the public have reacted to the video of the incident posted on social media.

One said: ‘I bet a lot of people would just let a stranger into their home if they had a police uniform on.’

Another said: ‘This could’ve ended badly for a vulnerable person. Keep vigilant especially for older members of your community.’

Police would like to speak to the two men pictured and ask anyone who has information that could help to call 101 ref CAD 6640/12 Oct.

Officers attended and conducted an area search but the males could not be located

Officers attended and conducted an area search but the males could not be located

It is not believed that anything was stolen from the address and there were no reports of any physical injuries

It is not believed that anything was stolen from the address and there were no reports of any physical injuries

An investigation is ongoing. There have been no arrests at this time

An investigation is ongoing. There have been no arrests at this time

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

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.

If an officer contacts you in person, they’ll show you their police warrant card. This is proof of their identity and authority. 

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

In an emergency always call 999.

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