Highlands & Islands

Men 'impersonating police' in Inverness sought

Two men who told a vulnerable 45-year-old man that they were police officers before assaulting him, are being sought by Police Scotland.

The incident happened at Esk Road in Inverness at about 23:45 on Saturday.

One of the men was described as 5ft 10ins, heavy set build, with shoulder length dark hair and full beard. He was wearing a dark t-shirt and blue jeans.

The other was up to 6ft 2ins, slim, with collar length hair, clean shaven and with a distinctive lip piercing.

He was wearing a black striped top and blue jeans. Both men spoke with a local accent.

Det Insp Mark Czerniakiewicz said: "The two men involved in this incident were not police officers nor were they affiliated to Police Scotland in any way.

"As soon as the men were asked for proof of identification, they immediately walked away from the area.

"Whilst this would appear to be an isolated incident, if anyone has information about incidents of a similar nature we would appeal for them to contact police immediately."

He added: "Genuine police officers will be happy to show you identification which bears the signature of the chief constable."

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