Police warning to Barnsley motorists over bogus blue-light vehicle

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Motorists in Barnsley are being warned by police to be extra vigilant following reports of a bogus blue-light vehicle.

The advice follows an incident in Wortley on August 1 when a man tried to grab a woman from her car.

The lone woman was driving at 10.40pm along Soughley Lane when she saw blue lights in her rear-view mirror. She pulled over, believing the car to be a police vehicle. A man then opened her driver’s door and tried to pull her from the car but the woman managed to drive away.

Detective Inspector Sharon Hancock said: “Purporting to be a police vehicle is against the law and we urge motorists to remain vigilant.

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

“An officer will be happy for a motorist to call the police, give their 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 contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 1294 of August 1.