Hove man sentenced for impersonating a police officer

Posted On 09 Nov 2016 at 12:00 pm

A Hove man has been sentenced by a judge for impersonating a police officer.

John Paul Darcy, 44, of Sunninghill Close, Hangleton, admitted the charge at Brighton Magistrates’ Court when he appeared before district judge Tessa Szagun.

Darcy made a phone call during which he pretended to be “Detective Chief Inspector Banks” from the “Thames Valley Fraud Department”.

But he ended up being arrested by a real police officer from Sussex Police.

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The district judge gave Darcy a community sentence and ordered him to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work over the next 12 months.

He was also ordered to pay an £85 victim surcharge.

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