Fake cop escapes after highway robbery

A man impersonating a police officer has escaped with a gold necklace after a botched car theft saw him dragged from the scene of the crime by a suspicious female motorist.

The woman was driving late on Monday night in Nossebro, in western Sweden, when she was pulled over by a car with flashing blue lights.

Certain that it was a police vehicle, the woman pulled over, but her suspicions were aroused when the self proclaimed “policeman” demanded the keys to her car, wrote the Göteborgs-Posten newspaper (GP).

The woman then asked to see the man’s identification, which allegedly irritated him, prompting him to make a grab for the car keys.

However, the car’s central locking system kicked in and the woman put her foot to the floor, fleeing the scene with the would-be car thief still halfway through the window.

The man kept hold of the car door and was dragged 100 metres by the woman, meanwhile managing to rip her clothes and steal a gold necklace from around her neck.

The woman managed to escape soon after, reporting the matter to the local police, who have launched an investigation, and are currently on the lookout for a dark and new Volvo, which is believed to have contained two passengers.

The woman was not injured in the incident, though was reportedly shocked.

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Calls for special police tactics to be available across Sweden

The chairwoman of the Police Association West Region has said that police special tactics, known as Särskild polistaktik or SPT, should be available across Sweden, to use in demonstrations similar to those during the Easter weekend.

Calls for special police tactics to be available across Sweden

SPT, (Särskild polistaktik), is a tactic where the police work with communication rather than physical measures to reduce the risk of conflicts during events like demonstrations.

Tactics include knowledge about how social movements function and how crowds act, as well as understanding how individuals and groups act in a given situation. Police may attempt to engage in collaboration and trust building, which they are specially trained to do.

Katharina von Sydow, chairwoman of the Police Association West Region, told Swedish Radio P4 West that the concept should exist throughout the country.

“We have nothing to defend ourselves within 10 to 15 metres. We need tools to stop this type of violent riot without doing too much damage,” she said.

SPT is used in the West region, the South region and in Stockholm, which doesn’t cover all the places where the Easter weekend riots took place.

In the wake of the riots, police unions and the police’s chief safety representative had a meeting with the National Police Chief, Anders Tornberg, and demanded an evaluation of the police’s work. Katharina von Sydow now hopes that the tactics will be introduced everywhere.

“This concept must exist throughout the country”, she said.

During the Easter weekend around 200 people were involved in riots after a planned demonstration by anti-Muslim Danish politician Rasmus Paludan and his party Stram Kurs (Hard Line), that included the burning of the Muslim holy book, the Koran.

Police revealed on Friday that at least 104 officers were injured in counter-demonstrations that they say were hijacked by criminal gangs intent on targeting the police. 

Forty people were arrested and police are continuing to investigate the violent riots for which they admitted they were unprepared. 

Paludan’s application for another demonstration this weekend was rejected by police.

In Norway on Saturday, police used tear gas against several people during a Koran-burning demonstration after hundreds of counter-demonstrators clashed with police in the town of Sandefjord.