Man robbed in Gloucester by bogus police officers

A man has been robbed by two men posing as police officers who said they were going to search him.

The robbery happened as the 21-year-old was walking through the Asda car park in Gloucester just after 0300 GMT on Sunday.

When the victim ran off, the two men chased him in a car before grabbing his arms and pushing him face-first into the side of the vehicle.

They then searched him taking his wallet, mobile phone and keys.

'Horrible ordeal'

Gloucestershire Police said that when the pair initially approached the victim he asked to see ID and they flashed a wallet at him.

He ran towards Charles Street and into Widden Street where the men got into a dark-coloured hatchback that was parked there and followed him until they caught up with him in Napier Street.

A police spokesman said: "Robberies like this involving offenders pretending to be police are extremely rare.

"Once the men were challenged and asked for ID they quickly showed their true colours.

"The victim wasn't seriously injured, but it was a horrible ordeal for him and we need people to come forward to help our inquiries."

The first offender was described as white with tanned skin, about 5ft 10in tall, in his mid to late 20s, of medium build with short black hair. He may have had difficulties with his speech, police said.

The second offender was also white, a bit older and slightly shorter than the first.

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