Officer is mistaken for a criminal by Hornchurch resident
16:45 31 January 2013
A plain clothed police officer out on patrol was mistaken for a suspected thief.
The resident became concerned when he saw Sergeant Colin Flynn from Hylands Safer Neighbourhood Team acting suspiciously in his street.
He took a photograph of him and showed it to Hylands Ward Panel who recognised him.
Sgt Flynn had been carrying out anti-burglary patrols in plain clothes on his own bicycle around his ward.
Sgt Flynn said: “It shows that many of our residents are certainly alert and keeping an eye out for suspicious looking characters”.