A man who had gone out to watch football in a Bishop’s Stortford pub was chased along the street by a bogus police officer.

 

He was approached outside the Bacchus Bar in Anchor Street by the the man who he, at first, thought was an undercover police office, St Albans Crown Court was told today.

 

Prosecutor Robert Forrest said the man told him had been in the bar watching football.

 

After the defendant asked him for identification, he decided to run and was chased by the man, who shouted: “Oi, come here!”

 

He got away and went back to Bacchus, where he told the manager what happened. He recognised the defendant and raised the alarm with the real police.

 

The man, who previously lived in St Albans, appeared for sentence having admitted impersonating a police officer on the evening of 18 February this year.

 

He also appeared for sentence for common assault, having made threats on a street in Bishop’s Stortford on 3 May.

 

The court was told he had learning difficulties and a borderline personality disorder.

 

Andrew Kerry, defending, said the man is now living in accommodation at The Orchard in Daventry, where he is supervised 12 hours a day.

 

Judge John Plumstead passed a 2 year Community Order with a 12 month curfew between 6pm and 6am.

 

The judge told him: “If you continue behaving like this, you will end up in a secure unit with less freedom. Get on with your life and get yourself straight. Go away and behave.”