A GROUP of people have been arrested after allegedly pretending to be police officers in Reading.

Five people have been arrested in connection to a number of robberies and thefts which took place between 10pm and midnight last night (February 6).

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Residents reported a group of people in a dark Mazda or Vauxhall Astra, pretending to be police officers by showing a fake police ID.

The fraudsters used a fake police ID in order to take bank cards, driving licenses, Apple Air Pods, wallets and money from the victims.

Four robberies took place in Reading across multiple roads, including Kensington Road, Chomley Road, Florence Walk and Steverton Road.

No one was injured during the robberies.

Police believe there could be more victims who were approached by the gang.

Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Richard Jarvis of Area CID based at Reading police station, said: “We have arrested five people on suspicion of robbery and impersonating a police officer.

“We are continuing our investigation and appealing for anyone who might have information about these incidents to come forward.

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“There is a possibility that more people have been approached and stopped and had items taken from them, if this has happened to you we would also ask you to get in touch.

“If you have information or need to report an incident please call 101 quoting 43200042986.

“If you have any doubt about someone who identifies themselves to you as a police officer, ask to see their warrant card.

“All officers’ warrant cards will display their photograph, name and shoulder number and will include a hologram of the force crest and the signature of the Chief Constable.

“You can also call 101 and give the officer’s shoulder number or name to the call handler and they will be able to confirm the officer’s identity.”