A UNIFORM-OBSESSED Liverpool man nicknamed “Fireman Sham” accelerated away from cops – while they were searching INSIDE his car, dragging the police officers down the road.
38-year-old uniform fetishist Peter Higman was found by Merseyside Police at three am with a torch and earpiece in, driving through an area in Liverpool known for drug dealing and sex workers.
Cops spotted him driving a hire car in the “red light” area of Liverpool in April 2018 and attempted to pull him over, but Higham continued to drive down two roads before finally stopping.
As one police officer reached under a seat to retrieve what he suspected was a police baton, Higman sped off.
Speaking at Liverpool Crown Court Judge Gary Woodhall said: “Without warning you accelerated away, dragging both officers, albeit for a short distance, along.”
One officer fell out of the car and another was hit by the door frame as he sped off, but neither were seriously injured.
Higham escaped and when later arrested, claimed not to realise his victims were police and that he sped off because he thought was being robbed.
Officers searched the uniform fetishist’s home and found a “large collection” of emergency equipment including 12 batons and Merseyside Police clothing.
He denied dangerous driving and obstructing a police officer, but was unanimously convicted by a jury on both counts after a trial.
‘VERGING ON FETISH’
Higman has previously appeared in court and even done time for his obsession with uniforms, he posed as a firefighter, a paramedic, a cop and a bus driver.
Higham once dressed as an Arriva bus driver and stole a bus, driving it round Liverpool City Centre collecting fares in 2006.
In 2011 along with another man, Barry McGuinness, he posed as a firefighter collecting items from emergency service workers for a fake charity drive to send to hero US emergency service workers who helped with 9/11 rescue efforts.
Higham received an 18-month community order in 2009 over the 9/11 fraud and a five-year Criminal Antisocial Behaviour Order (CRASBO) aiming to curb his fascination.
In 2010 he avoided jail, because of his work with the police reporting serious crimes, despite being caught with emergency service uniforms and two police batons.
Julian Linskill, defending Higham, said taking the bus in 2006 was “an early exemplar of his fascination with equipment, police jackets, badges, the fire brigade and so on”.
He added: “It is almost I suggest verging on a fetish, which normally would be completely harmless, save for those items of police equipment which are capable of being described as, and are indeed, offensive weapons.”
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Linskill said Higham had “gone a long way towards rehabilitating himself” and found a good job.
Liverpool Crown Court were shocked to learn that he had been working as a bus driver since 2015.
Judge Woodhall said: I’m satisfied you were driving round the Shield Road area dressed to look like a police officer, carrying police issue equipment, no doubt posing yourself as an officer.
“That is of concern because you were in an area where vulnerable women are involved in the sex trade.”
The judge added it was “by luck rather than design” the officers were not injured when Higham drove off.
Higham was jailed for ten months, with a road ban of 17 months.
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