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Scotland Yard has launched an investigation today over a video of two men armed with expandable batons and handcuffs ‘impersonating police officers’ and trying to get into a woman’s home in east London.

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

A woman, whose age and identity remains unclear, shouted ‘show me your face’ and filmed the incident before posting it on social media. 

The two men were wearing latex gloves, caps and harnesses, with one of them heard pretending to speak on a radio receiver on his vest. 

They claimed they needed to ‘search the property’ but when challenged by the home owner, they attempted to knock the phone from her hand.

When she chased them from the building, they ran down the road and accused her of ‘selling cannabis’. 

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

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

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

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

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 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.

The woman can be heard saying ‘show me your ID’ and ‘you come to my house, show me your face’. 

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

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.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Source: Daily Mail UK

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