Man faked police connection with ID

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A man claimed he made a fake police identity card to trick his drug-taking friend into thinking twice about his cannabis use, a court heard.

Jason Holland, 20, pleaded guilty at Preston Magistrates’ Court to impersonating a police officer between June 12 and 13.

The court heard the offence happened while the Tesco worker was having family problems and was living with a friend in Preston.

Prosecuting, Philippa Jones said: “It’s as a result of a fake ID card being recovered in the defendant’s vehicle.

“At the time of the incident the two parties were living together. Mr Holland was having difficulties at home, so the man allowed him to stay at his address in Preston.

“The defendant pleaded guilty on the basis he showed an ID card to his friend with a view to persuading him to stop taking cannabis by claiming he was connected with police.

The identity card he created, which claimed he worked for Greater Manchester police, was found when officers searched his car.

Colin Rawson, defending, said Holland, now of Gloucester Avenue, Horwich, had no previous convictions.

He added: “It’s a case you have probably not dealt with before. The ID card appears to be of pretty poor quality with a picture stuck on a plastic card.

“My client was having difficulties managing stressing tribulations. Certainly at times he felt under stress living with this person, who was involved in using cannabis. It was his intention to stop him.”

Holland received a 12 month conditional discharge, and must pay a £15 surcharge and £85 costs.