Alarm raised over Portsmouth ‘doctor’ with no ID

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A MAN who was suspected to be a fake doctor was revealed to be a genuine professional, after police launched an appeal for information.

On Saturday, Hampshire police issued CCTV images of a man at Sydenham Court in Berkshire Close, Fratton, on Tuesday, October 3.

The public appeal came after a resident challenged the man, who claimed to be a doctor and said he had arrived to administer a flu jab.

Unable to provide any identification when questioned, the man was then asked to leave the building.

While police initially treated the incident as suspicious, the appeal was cancelled in the early hours of this morning after it was revealed the man was a genuine medical professional.

In a statement, Hampshire police said: ‘When we receive reports of suspicious incidents we have to investigate to find out if they are genuine or not.

‘We use appeals like this to get information and to provide us with further lines of enquiries.

‘We would like to thank the media and public for their help in providing us with information in relation to this incident and apologise for any concern caused while we established this was a genuine caller.’

As they sent out their appeal, police repeated crime safety advice, advising residents to:

n Lock all doors, even when you are at home

n Use a chain or spy hole

n Stop unknown people from entering your home

n Tell the police about any unwanted or suspicious callers by phoning 101.