A BOGUS police officer sexually assaulted a woman in her 30s near Rugby.
The woman was driving along the B4453 towards Rugby around 11.30pm on Friday (June 26) when a black Audi A4 with a 59 registration plate – and what appeared to be a blue flashing light – indicated she should pull over onto a lay-by on the A4071 close to Blooms Rugby Garden Centre.
A man got out of the car and showed the victim what appeared to be an identity card before ordering her to get out of her car. The woman was then touched inappropriately.
A full investigation has since been launched with initial lines of inquiry suggesting the man was not a police officer.
Detective Inspector Neil Candelent said: “We appreciate the alarm that this may cause to both drivers and people living in the area.
“We urge anyone concerned about the validity of a police officer to ask to see their warrant card and call the police contact centre on 101 to confirm their identity.
“A genuine police officer will always be happy for their identity to be verified.”
The man is described as black, more than 6ft tall and in his 40s with a large, stocky build and a shaved head.
He was wearing a white shirt with black epaulettes, black tie and black trousers.
Another man, described as white, remained in the Audi while the assault took place.
Anyone who was in the area at this time or who may have seen a vehicle being stopped by a black Audi is asked to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.