Bogus policemen steal car after stopping motorist

Thieves posing as policemen have stolen a man's car after stopping him as he was on his way to work in Shropshire.

West Mercia Police said the man was stopped by a Vauxhall Astra with blue lights in the front grille on Dawley Road, Arleston, Telford at 07:20 BST.

The Astra driver, wearing black clothing and a high visibility jacket, asked the man to get out of his car and put the keys on the roof.

The man then grabbed the keys to the white BMW and drove off, police said.

A police spokeswoman said: "The victim was extremely shaken up but was fortunately not hurt."

The man had never been stopped by the police before and found what he was asked to do "completely plausible", the spokeswoman said.

Police said they were investigating whether the theft of some front grille lights from a working ambulance in Wellington may be linked to the incident.

The spokeswoman added: "We would like to remind people that if they are stopped by an officer in an unmarked vehicle, the officer will always be able to identify themselves."

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