Two men armed with batons who ‘impersonate police officers’ try to break into a woman’s house

Scotland Yard has launched an investigation today into a video of two men armed with batons posing as police officers trying to break into a woman’s home in east London.

Police were called to a housing block in The Shaftesburys, Barking at 6:51pm on Tuesday, October 12.

A woman, whose age and identity are unclear, filmed the incident before posting it on social media.

In chilling images circulating online, the men can be seen dressed in rough uniforms, including caps, armor and batons.

The two men also wore latex gloves and handcuffs, with one of them hearing as if speaking on a radio receiver on his vest.

They claim to “search the property”, but when challenged by the homeowner, they try to knock the phone out of her hand.

When she chases them out of the building, they run down the road.

Police were called to a housing block in The Shaftesburys, Barking at 6:51pm on Tuesday 12 October

A video circulating on social media today appears to show two men armed with batons ‘impersonating police officers’ and attempting to break into a woman’s home in east London

The two men also wore latex gloves and handcuffs, with one of them hearing as if speaking on a radio receiver on his vest.

The two men also wore latex gloves and handcuffs, with one of them hearing as if speaking on a radio receiver on his vest.

The alleged attempt to impersonate Met agents comes weeks after killer cop Wayne Couzens was in prison for the murder of Sarah Everard and snatched her off the street with his police ID.

The two men were initially let in before residents became suspicious and asked for their identification which they were unable to show.

After being further challenged, the suspects left the address. They were followed and fled towards Abbey Road.

Officers went to the scene and searched the area, but the men could not be found.

It is not believed that anything was stolen from the address and there are no reports of physical injuries.

An investigation is underway. No arrests have been made at this time.

A woman reported that two men had visited her address who claimed to be police officers

A woman reported that two men had visited her address who claimed to be police officers

They were dressed in crude uniforms, including caps, armor and batons and said they were there to search the property

They were dressed in crude uniforms, including caps, armor and batons and said they were there to search the property

The two men were initially let in before residents became suspicious and asked to see their identification which they were unable to show

The two men were initially let in before residents became suspicious and asked to see their identification which they were unable to show

After being further challenged, the suspects left the address.  They were followed and fled towards Abbey Road

After being further challenged, the suspects left the address. They were followed and fled towards Abbey Road

A Met Police spokesman said: “Officers were present and conducted an area search, but the men could not be found.

“It is not believed that anything was stolen from the address and there are no reports of bodily harm.

“An investigation is underway. No arrests have been made at this time.’

Residents have responded to the video of the incident posted on social media.

One said, “I bet a lot of people would just let a stranger into their house if they were wearing a police uniform.”

Another said: ‘This could have ended badly for a vulnerable person. Be especially vigilant for older members of your community.”

Police would like to speak to the two men in the photo and ask anyone with information that can help to call 101 ref CAD 6640/12 Oct.

Officers arrived on the scene and conducted an area search, but the men could not be found

Officers arrived on the scene and conducted an area search, but the men could not be found

It is not believed that anything was stolen from the address and there were no reports of bodily harm

It is not believed that anything was stolen from the address and there were no reports of bodily harm

An investigation is underway.  No arrests have been made at this time

An investigation is underway. No arrests have been made at this time

Information may be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or through crimestoppers-uk.org.

Unfortunately, there have been instances where fraudsters impersonated police officers, both in person and on the phone, to trick people into giving them personal information and defrauding them of money.

If an officer contacts you personally, they will show you their police warrant card. This is proof of their identity and authority.

If you’re not sure if the person you’re dealing with is a real police officer – stop – and call the police on 101 to verify their identity.

In an emergency, always call 999.

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