A Hatfield man has been arrested after reportedly using blue lights on his car to stop people walking in the area.

The 19-year-old was taken into custody yesterday (Wednesday, March 13) after he had been allegedly attempting to stop walkers in Bishops Rise by illuminating a blue light from within an Audi.

Hertfordshire police identified the vehicle involved and attended an address in Garden Avenue.

Once there, officers arrested the teenager on suspicion of impersonating a police officer and possession of articles for use in fraud.

A spokesperson for Hertfordshire Constabulary said: "The NPT (neighbourhood policing team) were made aware of a vehicle attempting to stop persons walking in the Bishops Rise area of Hatfield by illuminating a blue light from within and, following this, had successfully stopped a member of the public in their car before driving off.

"The male remains in custody at this time.


"If you recognise this vehicle and have witnessed it in the area using flashing blue lights, or may have any dashcam footage of its manner of driving, please contact us."

Information can be reported to Hertfordshire police online at www.herts.police.uk/ro/report or by calling the police's non-emergency number 101, quoting incident reference HC-13032024-0402.

Anonymous information can be given by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via crimestoppers-uk.org.