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The plainclothes “fake police” trying to “lure foreign kids into their cars” two days ago were actually legitimate police officers who simply had a miscommunication with the young students due to their poor spoken English.
Yesterday we reported that fake police officers tried to lure two students of the Dulwich College Shanghai into their cars outside Carrefour Jinqiao. A concerned reader shared a letter sent to parents detailing the situation.
I have today received a disturbing report of strangers approaching our students and trying to coax them into a car. We are able to confirm that an incident took place, in daylight hours, and involved a group of men posing as Police Officers who were off duty.
The police officers were actually investigating a series of bike thefts that had occurred outside of the Carrefour store. Two of the bicycles that thieves attempted to steal belonged to the foreign students, and the police were waiting for the owners to return.
When the students arrived, the police showed them their badges and attempted to ask them questions. However, due to their poor grasp of English they were unable to communicate their intentions clearly and the frightened young girls ran back to their school where they reported the incident.
School staff then sent a letter to parents warning about the incident before checking with local authorities.
In response, Shanghai police have pledged they will encourage all of their officers to improve their spoken English.