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York Police Investigate Suspicious Incident in Marygate Car Park

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4:44pm 8th April 2014

York police are offering reassurance and appealing for information after two suspicious incidents in the city.

They occurred at around 5pm on Monday 7 April 2014, in the area of Marygate car park when two men claimed to be police officers.

They approached a woman and held her by the arm and told her that she was under arrest. When they were challenged by a passing member of the public, they let her go and headed towards Bootham. At around the same time the men approached a man and again claimed to be police officers.

Both men are described as being white, aged in their late teens or early twenties and had short brown hair. One of them was wearing a blue t-shirt and black tracksuit bottoms. The second was wearing an orange t-shirt and a black cardigan.

The victims and witnessed said that they believed that the men had been drinking.

Police Sergeant Michael Brocken, of York Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “If you were in the Marygate car park at the time and noticed anyone acting in an unusual or suspicious manner, I urge you to come forward and contact the police straight away.

“I am also keen to speak to anyone who may have been approached by the pair and have not yet reported the incident and ask them to get in touch.

Sgt Brocken added: “I would like to reassure the public that we treat incidents of people posing as police officers extremely seriously.

“A genuine plain clothes officer will always identify themselves by presenting their warrant cards. If you are still concerned about the officer’s identity, please contact the Force Control Room.

“We are undertaking extra high visibility patrols in the area of the Marygate car park both to gather information to identify the men responsible and to offer reassurance to the public.”

Anyone who can assist officers with this enquiry should contact York police on 101 and ask for Michael Brocken. Alternatively, information can be emailed to mchael.brocken@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting reference number 12140054816.

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