POLICE are appealing for information following a report of two men claiming to be police officers operating near Malton.

The incident happened on Newsham Lane in Great Habton, at around 3am today (Sunday).

A man was sleeping in his car in a layby when he was woken by two men in a dark-coloured people carrier who claimed to be police officers.

A police spokesperson said: "The driver of the people carrier remained in the vehicle, but the passenger got out and asked the man to open the boot and passenger door of his car.

"It is believed the suspects then pretended to run the vehicle’s details through the police database before stating the man’s car was not the one they were looking for.

"They drove off in the direction of Great Barugh, which means they headed towards either Pickering or Kirkbymoorside. Police are also checking the A64 route between Malton and York for possible sightings and movement of the vehicle.

"The man who got out of the people carrier is described as white, aged in his mid-20s, around 6ft tall, large build, and he was wearing a black hooded top and dark tracksuit bottoms.

"Extensive police enquiries are ongoing to identify the suspects and the vehicle they were travelling in. "

Witnesses or anyone with relevant CCTV, doorbell and dash-cam footage are urged to make an online report via the North Yorkshire Police website or by calling 101, option 4. 📱

You can also pass information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or make an online report.

Please quote reference NYP-13082023-0063 when providing details.