A pretend policeman fitted blue lights to his car and pulled over a woman while she drove through Wiltshire.

Chris Green also had a baseball bat and handcuffs in his vehicle when he stopped a female victim on a country lane near Corsham last year.

After the 32-year-old, of Nero Place in Peterborough, was arrested in May 2023, he pleaded guilty to impersonating a police officer but then changed his plea to not guilty.

He has now been convicted of the offence following a trial at Swindon Magistrates' Court last Thursday and will return to court for sentencing next month, when he could be sent to jail.

Tom Power, prosecuting, said the defendant was driving a Ford Fiesta at approximately 30mph in a 60mph zone on May 6, 2023, when a female driver “felt uneasy” and overtook him.

Moments later, Green overtook the woman with blue lights illuminated in his vehicle.

Believing that she was being stopped by the police, the woman pulled into Longsplatt in Box and stopped.

Green exited his car and confronted her at the window of her own vehicle, telling her that she was driving dangerously.

In response, she asked where he was from and he replied with words to the effect of: "I work for law enforcement, a local undercover crime unit The Brotherhood.”

Green then walked around the vehicle and noticed that a child was also in the car. After that, the way he spoke to the woman was said to change and he immediately drove away.

The victim said the stop felt "bizarre and weird" and that she "felt uncomfortable" throughout the interaction.

Police received a report of the incident after the concerned driver told her husband.

Real Wiltshire Police officers then remained on the lookout for the suspect’s car and located it in the Chippenham area two days later on Monday, May 8, 2023.

They stopped Green and found a blue flashing dash light within his vehicle along with a baseball bat and handcuffs.

The defendant, a security guard who was working at the Badminton Horse Trials, denied that he had intentionally caused the woman to think he was a police officer.

But magistrates found him guilty of the offence after an hour of deliberations.

Green has been released on unconditional bail and will be sentenced in June.