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AN off-duty police officer sparked concern among parents after giving two girls a lift home.

The female officer was driving through Paulsgrove when she spotted the girls and offered them a lift home – which they accepted.

Fearful that someone was impersonating an officer the girls’ parents contacted Hampshire police who began an investigation.

Within hours it was confirmed that the officer involved was genuine and she had been worried about the girls’ safety out on the streets.

It sparked a debate on Hampshire Constabulary’s Facebook page over whether the officer should have picked the girls up and made their parents aware of who she was.

In a statement police said: ‘With regards to the incident in Paulsgrove earlier the officer has been to visit the families of the girls involved and has explained her actions. As far as we are concerned this matter has now been resolved.’