A CITY banker has been found guilty of deceiving the public by imitating a police motorcyclist.
Darren Emanuel, 46, was caught riding a former police motorcycle – complete with a blue light and authority stickers – on Park Lane in Mayfair last June.
He was stopped during rush hour after a Met Police Traffic officer grew concerned about the rear blue light on his BMW R1200RT, which formerly belonged to South Yorkshire Police.
When he had stopped, Emanuel was found to be wearing a 'POLITE Think Bike' vest sewn over a high-vis police jacket, which bore three reflective strips on the sleeves- a feature only seen on officers' uniforms.
Alongside the no longer working rear blue light, the bike featured a Royal Corps of Transport crest on the screen, an ER crest below the number plate and black and white chequered stickers on both side farings.
The city worker appeared in Hendon Magistrates Court today, charged with one count of wearing a police uniform with intent to deceive.
Denying the charge, he claimed to have bought the motorcycle on eBay from a former policeman who was giving up motorcycling.
The seller reportedly told him he had been riding it for years and had not had any issues from the police.
Emanuel also said the seller had given him the police jacket and ‘Polite’ gilet and he had stitched them together to wear for his commute.
He claimed to have ridden more than 1,000 miles on the bike since buying it, without being stopped.
However, after a three-hour trial at Hendon Magistrates Court, the three magistrates found 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.