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Couple arrested on suspicion of car theft and fraud after BMW with false plates is stopped in Bishop's Stortford

A couple were arrested and taken into custody after police forced a car with false number plates to stop in Bishop's Stortford.

Officers were seen hauling bags out of a black BMW in Dunmow Road on Friday morning (September 3).

White powder spilled on the road and pavement, raising suggestions among passers-by that it was drugs – but the substance was washing powder.

The car was heading east towards the M11 when it was pulled over at about 11.20am just before the junction with Stortford Hall Park. It was penned in by three police cars.

A witness said: "Police were hauling rucksacks out of a car with a woman and child on the pavement.

"It looked like white stuff falling out of the bags. There was lots of white powder all over the road by the passenger door."

A Hertfordshire Constabulary spokeswoman said that the BMW was stopped as a "vehicle of interest".

She added: "Enquiries revealed that the vehicle was being driven on false number plates.

"A man and a woman were subsequently arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and fraud by false representation, and have been taken into police custody. The vehicle was seized."

The car was packed with household items, including the washing powder which spilled on the street.

Children travelling with the couple were left in the care of a family friend.

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