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Warning to motorists after suspicious incidents in south Warwickshire

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WARWICKSHIRE Police has issued a warning to motorists after a number of suspicious incidents in the south of the county and across the border into Gloucestershire.

The incidents involve a blue BMW posing as a police vehicle which has tried to force other cars off the road.

The first incident was reported in the early hours of Friday morning, 17th June when the BMW, which had had its number plates removed, came up behind a car on the B4632 at Lower Quinton flashing its lights to get the other vehicle to pull over.

The BMW then overtook, stopped and blocked the road to force the other car, an Audi, to stop. The driver of the Audi managed to get past the BMW and lose it on a country lane.

On Sunday night a similar incident happened in the Featherbed Lane area of Wilmcote. The offending blue BMW followed another vehicle into Stratford after flashing blue lights at it to make it stop, and was lost in the Timothy's Bridge Road area.

Similar incidents have been reported to Gloucestershire Police, including one on Saturday night which began in Shipston.

Warwickshire Police has offered the following advice to motorists: "If someone tries to force you to stop using an unmarked vehicle do not stop but keep going until you get into a lit area with other people around. This in itself seems to be deterring the offenders, but, if not, make your way to a police station or other secure location. If you are able to dial 999 legally and safely do so.

"Anyone who has any information which would help us trace these offenders is asked to call Warwickshire Police or Gloucestershire Constabulary on 101."

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