Manchester

Salford flat raided by men posing as police officers

Five men posing as police officers handcuffed a man and searched his flat and a pub in Greater Manchester.

The men climbed into the Crown Tavern in Blackfriars Street, Salford via a ladder.

The 53-year-old victim was able to wriggle free, flee the flat and call police.

The men, who were described as white, had the word Police on parts of their clothing. They left the the property empty handed, a police spokesman said.

Det Con Paul Reynolds, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "This man was subjected to a frightening attack in his own home by offenders who initially posed as police officers.

"I want to reassure people that it is extremely rare for anyone to be targeted in such a dramatic way."

He urged anyone with information about the incident at about 1840 GMT on Sunday to contact police or Crimestoppers.

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