Appeal for information regarding two men impersonating police officers in Inverness

Issued by Police Scotland

At about 23:45 hours on Saturday 20 September 2014, Police Scotland received a report of a vulnerable 45 year-old man having been assaulted by two men, within the Esk Road area of Inverness.
 
The two men initially identified themselves as police officers but when asked for identification by another member of the public, they both left the area.

  1. The two men are described as follows;
     
    5ft 10" in height, Large heavy set build, shoulder length dark hair and full beard. He was wearing a dark coloured t-shirt and blue jeans and spoke with a local accent. 
  2. 5ft 10" to 6ft 2" in height, slim build, collar length dark hair, clean shaven with a distinctive lip piercing. He was wearing a black striped top and blue jeans and spoke with a local accent.
    The 45 year-old man who was reported as assaulted, received minor injuries and did not require hospital treatment.

Detective Inspector Mark Czerniakiewicz said: "The two men involved in this incident were not police officers nor were they affiliated to Police Scotland in any way. As soon as the men were asked for proof of identification, they immediately walked away from the area.

"Whilst this would appear to be an isolated incident, if anyone has information about incidents of a similar nature we would appeal for them to contact police immediately. Genuine police officers will be happy to show you identification which bears the signature of the Chief Constable.

"If anyone presents themselves as an officer and refuses to produce the correct identification, please call the police immediately on 101, or if you feel that the matter is an emergency, dial 999."

If anyone was in the Esk Road and/or Hilton area at this time and may have seen the men, or may have information regarding their identity, they are urged to contact Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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22 Sep 2014
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