Fake police officer who tried to ‘arrest’ woman jailed

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A man has been jailed after posing as a police officer and attempting to “arrest” a woman.

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Cumbria police said that 44-year-old Gary Shepherd, wearing a blue lanyard with “the police” on the strap, approached the woman at a car park in Barrow at around 6.30 pm on Tuesday and told her he was arresting her.

But a member of the public responded to his request for help and according to police, Shepherd left when the two challenged him.

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Shepherd of Abbey Road in Barrow pleaded guilty to masquerading as a police officer and common assault at Barrow Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Police said he initially denied being in the area of ​​the Greengate car park, but claimed in his second police interview that his actions were a “joke”.

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The force said he was jailed for 22 weeks, fined £85 and ordered to pay the cost of £128, adding that magistrates had already suspended the four-week prison sentence. was activated.

This comes less than a week after Metropolitan Police Officer Wayne Coozens was sentenced to life in prison for falsely detaining 33-year-old Sarah Everard, who was revealed to be using the guise of Covid laws, whom he raped. and murder before burning his body in an area of ​​woodland near Ashford, Kent.

South Cumbria’s superintendent, Matt Pearman, said on Thursday: “To be approached in this way by someone falsely claiming to be a police officer must have been extremely frightening for the victim, especially in the immediate aftermath of Wayne Coogen’s sentencing last week. after.

“Our officers quickly recognized the gravity of the incident and were able to quickly arrest Shepherd, who, less than 48 hours after the initial incident, is now initiating a significant prison sentence.”

Everard’s disappearance on 3 March, when she moved home to Clapham, south London, sparked a national conversation about the safety of women in their daily lives, and the issue of male violence, harassment and sexual crimes in the UK. How is it controlled and punished?

Amid some calls for the resignation of Scotland Yard commissioner Dame Cressida Dick, Home Secretary Priti Patel said the killing “highlighted unimaginable failures in policing”, and announced an investigation into the failures that led to Cousins ​​becoming a police officer. allowed to remain, and “extensive policing issues”.

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