Fake police officers 'arrest' man in County Durham

A man was handcuffed and "arrested" at his home in County Durham by two bogus police officers.

It happened on Friday evening at a four-bedroomed semi-detached property in Maythorne Drive, South Hetton.

The fake policemen wore what the victim described as "very convincing" uniforms.

They knocked on the door of the house, announced they had come to arrest the occupant, sat him on a chair and handcuffed him.

The bogus officers fled when a friend of the victim arrived at the house and became suspicious.

Scottish accent

They are thought to have made their escape in a dark Citroen saloon car, possibly in the company of two other men who may have stayed outside the property.

The householder was released from his bonds when real police officers arrived.

Police said they had not yet established the offenders' motive, but described the incident as an aggravated burglary.

The victim was shaken by the incident but physically unhurt. At this stage it is not known if the intruders had time to steal anything from the house.

The first man is described as being aged 40 to 45, around 5ft 9ins tall, with ginger and grey stubble. He spoke with a Scottish accent.

His accomplice was 30 to 40 years old and of the same height, but thinner.

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