Fake policemen attack driver in Epping and steal van
A man was left trapped in a ditch for an hour after a "terrifying" carjacking in which he was assaulted by three men impersonating police officers.
The incident took place in Vicarage Lane West, Epping, on Monday afternoon.
He had been pulled over by a silver BMW Estate which had blue lights flashing, indicating his vehicle should pull over.
The victim, in his 50s, was handcuffed and pushed in the ditch while the men stole his van.
The men had approached his Ford Transit Luton van, with one shouting "police, get out of the vehicle".
He was walked to a small wooden area nearby and pushed into the ditch, fracturing his ankle in the process.
Cries for help
The stolen van has the registration number BW65 LTA and features the Alleycat car and van rental company logo.
Det Sgt Eileen Mullins, from Essex Police, said it had been a "particularly terrifying ordeal".
The victim was only rescued when his cries for help were heard by a person working nearby.
One suspect is described as a white male, around 5ft 10ins to 5ft 11ins tall, of slim build and aged in his mid-30s. He was wearing a black baseball-style hat or cap, a long-sleeved black top with black and white checkers on it. He had a slight Northern accent.
The second is described as a white male, over 6ft tall, of large build and in his early to mid-30s. He was wearing a black baseball-style hat or cap and a yellow high-visibility jacket with black and white checks on it.
The third suspect is described as a white male, wearing dark clothing and a black baseball-style cap or hat.