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Officer is mistaken for a criminal by Hornchurch resident

16:45 31 January 2013

Archant

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”.

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