Man tried to scam off duty police officer on M3 slip road near Basingstoke

Basingstoke Gazette: Man tried to scam off duty police officer on M3 slip road near Basingstoke Man tried to scam off duty police officer on M3 slip road near Basingstoke

AN OFF duty police officer was pushed by a man trying to scam him out of money on the M3 slip road near Basingstoke.

The officer was driving out of Basingstoke along the A30 towards junction 7 of the M3, at 3pm on Tuesday, when he was flagged down by a man standing in the middle of the road.

The man told the officer that he had broken down and needed to exchange gold for money.

The officer called the police for assistance, as he was aware of previous incidents of this nature in Hampshire, where motorists have been tricked into handling over cash, The suspect then demanded money from the officer and pushed him backwards.

The officer identified himself as police and attempted to detain the suspect, but he ran from the scene.

PC Craig Bannerman, from Basingstoke police station, said: “I would like to hear from any motorists who may have seen a man attempting to flag down motorists prior to this incident. Were you also stopped and asked if you would purchase items or did you witness two men involved in a struggle at the side of the road? If so you may be able to assist our investigation.

“Similar incidents have previously occurred elsewhere in Hampshire. It seems the offenders for these scams prey on the good nature of their victims.

“Those that offer gold in exchange for cash are often selling highly polished copper made to look like gold which is practically worthless.

“If you spot anyone acting suspiciously in this way at the roadside, please call police immediately. If possible, please take down the registration number of the vehicle.

“If you suspect someone’s request for help isn’t genuine, don’t be afraid to refuse, especially if you think that person is trying to scam you, and call police immediately.”

Anyone who witnessed this incident should contact PC Bannerman on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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4:31pm Fri 9 May 14

Opinions_opinions says...

I was impressed until I heard he let him get away !
I was impressed until I heard he let him get away ! Opinions_opinions
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9:56am Sat 10 May 14

Upontheroof says...

Opinions_opinions wrote:
I was impressed until I heard he let him get away !
I have to agree :-)
[quote][p][bold]Opinions_opinions[/bold] wrote: I was impressed until I heard he let him get away ![/p][/quote]I have to agree :-) Upontheroof
  • Score: 2

8:23am Mon 12 May 14

jonone says...

Opinions_opinions wrote:
I was impressed until I heard he let him get away !
If only you could have been there to ensure that would not have happened.
[quote][p][bold]Opinions_opinions[/bold] wrote: I was impressed until I heard he let him get away ![/p][/quote]If only you could have been there to ensure that would not have happened. jonone
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10:03am Mon 12 May 14

JJ38JJ says...

Opinions_opinions wrote:
I was impressed until I heard he let him get away !
Poor man. He was 'pushed'. He'll be off work for ages. No wonder he couldn't give chase.
[quote][p][bold]Opinions_opinions[/bold] wrote: I was impressed until I heard he let him get away ![/p][/quote]Poor man. He was 'pushed'. He'll be off work for ages. No wonder he couldn't give chase. JJ38JJ
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1:25pm Mon 12 May 14

CrossofLorraine says...

Just seen the latest police update, the fraudster that absconded dropped a piece incriminating evidence. I understand the police now have the surname of the runner, who dropped a recently rejected govt expense claim form. Sirens can be heard in Mapledurwell as I type...
Just seen the latest police update, the fraudster that absconded dropped a piece incriminating evidence. I understand the police now have the surname of the runner, who dropped a recently rejected govt expense claim form. Sirens can be heard in Mapledurwell as I type... CrossofLorraine
  • Score: -4

9:25pm Tue 27 May 14

Ready0423 says...

Opinions_opinions wrote:
I was impressed until I heard he let him get away !


I have to agree. It wasn't the police officers fault he got away. It was the mans fault for pushing the police officer.
Opinions_opinions wrote: I was impressed until I heard he let him get away ! I have to agree. It wasn't the police officers fault he got away. It was the mans fault for pushing the police officer. Ready0423
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