Van pulled driver over in Poole – but was not a police vehicle

A WHITE van with blue flashing lights that pulled a motorist over before letting it continue its journey was NOT a police vehicle.

Dorset Police officers are investigating after an incident in the Springdale Road area of Poole at around 10.30pm on Saturday, May 20.

They said a witness saw a man in a white Vauxhall Combo van with blue flashing lights stop a motorist.

The man reportedly presented himself as a police officer or special constable before letting the vehicle carry on its journey.

A Poole man aged in his 50s was subsequently arrested on suspicion of impersonating a police officer. He has been released on police bail as further enquiries are conducted.

Investigations Officer Dean Smith, of Dorset Police, said: “We are continuing to investigate this incident and I am keen to trace the motorist who was reportedly stopped in the area of Springdale Road on the evening … so we can take their account of what happened.

“I would urge this driver or anyone else with information that might assist our enquiries to please come forward.”

Anyone with information should contact Dorset Police via or by calling 101, quoting incident number 55230077571. They can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.