Sheffield woman tells of horrific abduction ordeal at hands of fake police

Spotswood Place, Gleadless, Sheffield, where a woman was assaulted
Spotswood Place, Gleadless, Sheffield, where a woman was assaulted
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A brave woman today told how she managed to escape two knife-wielding thugs posing as police officers who her dragged out of her car, tied her up and assaulted her.

The 45-year-old Sheffield woman said: “It was horrible, I have never been so terrified.”

Woodland near to Spotswood Place, Gleadless, Sheffield, the scene of the assault

Woodland near to Spotswood Place, Gleadless, Sheffield, the scene of the assault

The attackers sliced her bra off with a knife and cut her chest during the terrifying abduction ordeal before she managed to flee.

Her ordeal started when a silver car with blue flashing lights indicated for her to pull over during the early hours on Saturday in Gleadless, Sheffield.

She stopped and the driver, who was wearing a high-vis jacket, got out and approached her car.

But when the thug got closer she realised he was not a police officer because he was wearing a woolly hat and attempted to wind her window up.

The victim, who did not want to be named, said: “He managed to get his arm inside the window before it was up.

“Then they both dragged me out of my car and put wrap-ties around my wrists.

“They pushed me into their car and drove to some woodland. Every time I screamed, they put their hands over my mouth and I could smell cannabis.”

The two men drove the victim to an area off Spotswood Place in Gleadless and dragged her out of the vehicle before throwing her to the ground.

The terrified woman said: “They had a knife with them and they sliced my bra off. I’ve got cuts down to my belly button. It was a horrible thing to go through.”

At that moment a car drove along the road with its headlights on and the two men stopped what they were doing.

The victim said: “I just ran and ran and managed to get away.”

The woman said the two men were speaking to each other in a ‘foreign language’ which she did not recognise as they drove to the woodland.

The men are described as being aged between 40 and 50 and of mixed race.

The driver was wearing a high-visibility jacket and the car is described as possibly a VW Golf with blue flashing lights in the front grills.

Detective Inspector Graham Stead said: “We appreciate this is an extremely concerning incident and we can assure members of the public that we are following a number of lines of enquiry to find and arrest these men.

“We are treating this incident as an utmost priority and while we are in the early stages of the investigation, we have a large number of resources allocated to this case.

“We would appeal to anyone who was in the area in the early hours of this morning who saw or heard anything suspicious to contact us.”

Det Insp Stead advised members of the public to be vigilant. He said: “If you are requested to stop by a police vehicle, the car will be appropriately marked and if you are in any doubt pull over in a safe and public place and contact 101 or drive to your nearest police station.

“Always ask to see identification and always call 999 in an emergency.”

n Anyone with information about the incident at 1am on Saturday is asked to call police on 101, quoting incident 48 of May 7.