Driver stopped and licence checked by bogus police officer

The 18-year-old man was pulled over while driving on the A905 near Falkirk.

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A young driver was pulled over on the A905 and had his licence checked by a bogus police officer.

The 18-year-old man was driving in Glensburgh between Grangemouth and Skinflats, heading towards Larbert, just before midnight on Thursday when the incident took place.

He became aware of a black car flashing a blue light and pulled over.

The driver of the black car approached him, discussed the manner of his driving and asked to see his driving licence.

After the suspect had examined the licence, he returned it and the 18-year-old was allowed on his way.

He returned home and subsequently contacted police, who are now appealing for witnesses.

Officers are following lines of enquiry and are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have dashcam footage of the incident.

The suspect is described as a white man in his 40s with a heavy, muscular build, around 6ft 2in with a bald head.

He was wearing a dark fleece jacket and high-visibility trousers with reflective stripe.

The man also had what appeared to be safety glasses propped up on his head.

He was believed to be driving a dark-coloured hatchback, possibly a Ford Focus with an 07 or 57 registration plate.

Sergeant Craig Heron, of Grangemouth Police Station, said: "Impersonating a police officer is not only inappropriate, it is also illegal.

"There have been no further incidents of this nature reported to us.

" However we would advise that if you are stopped by someone claiming to be a Police Scotland officer, request their collar number and ask to see a warrant card."

He added: "All our officers are happy to provide this information to the public and it should be offered readily.

"We are eager to speak to anyone who was in the area and witnessed this exchange. If you were in the Glensburgh area on Thursday night and have information that may assist our enquiries, please get in touch."

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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