‘Bogus PC’ in court

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A 23-year-old man hunted by police after being accused of impersonating an officer, has appeared before Pennine magistrates.

Habib Miah had been wanted on warrant after he was brought before the bench in custody on February 5th. He had been bailed to the court corridor to await his bail sheet, but did not remain in the building, the court heard.

The hearing was told Miah handed himself into police at 7am today ( Tuesday) after going on the internet and finding out he was wanted from the Burnley Express website.

The defendant, of Throstle Close, Burnley, has denied impersonating a special constable or a member of the police force with intent to deceive, said to have occurred in Burnley on February 4th.

The court was told he is accused of knocking on the door of the alleged victim, claiming he is a police officer and trying to force his way into the property. The defendant, represented by Mr Adnan Hanif, is now awaiting trial before the justices over the allegation and was bailed on condition he does not contact the alleged victim and does not go onto Cleaver Street, Burnley.