City Worker Found Guilty Of Impersonating A Police Motorcyclist
A city banker was found guilty of imitating a police motorcyclist at Hendon Magistrates Court today.
Darren Emanuel, 46, was sentenced to a 12-month conditional discharge, and ordered to pay £650 costs and a £20 victim surcharge for riding a former police motorcycle on Park Lane in Mayfair last June.
He was pulled over by a Met Police Traffic officer during rush hour after the officer spotted the BMW R1200RT’s rear blue light – which formerly belonged to South Yorkshire Police – was faulty.
Mr Emanuel was wearing a POLITE Think Bike’ vest sewn over a high-vis police jacket adorned with three reflective strips on the sleeves- a key feature only present on officers’ uniforms.
The bike also displayed a Royal Corps of Transport crest on the screen and an ER crest below the number plate, along with black and white chequered stickers on both side fairings.
Appearing in Hendon Magistrates Court today, Mr Emanuel was charged with one count of wearing a police uniform with intent to deceive.
He denied the charge, claiming he purchased the motorcycle on eBay from a former policeman who was giving up motorcycling.
The seller reportedly claimed he had ridden it for years without any issues from the police.
Emanuel also said the seller had given him the police jacket and ‘Polite’ gilet, which he had subsequently stitched together to wear during his commute.
He claimed to have ridden more than 1,000 hassle-free miles since purchasing the bike.
After a three-hour trial, the three magistrates at Hendon Magistrates Court, found Mr Emanuel, of Chalfont St Giles, Bucks, guilty of the one count.
Sentencing Magistrate Chair Grant McCrostie said: ‘In our view the police jacket together with the look of the vehicle combined to produce a look which a member of the public would be deceived into believing that you were a police officer performing his duty.
‘We accept that this offence had never been your intention to deceive, but that was the effect.
‘Particularly at this time it is really important that the public have confidence in the police. Your actions undermined that.’
Emanuel was handed a 12-month conditional discharge, and ordered to pay £650 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.