July 2016

Predator: Sex beast posed as cop to prey on lone woman

A sex offender impersonated a policeman to follow and question a lone female driver.

Creepy Stuart Bavidge quizzed the woman and tried to convince her to give him her work details.

Bavidge has form for posing as a cop – he once forced a prostitute to perform a sex act on him by saying he was an officer. He has dressed in police-style gear and faked security firm credentials.

He recently put snaps of a police badge and handcuffs on his Facebook page.

The female delivery driver he targeted got suspicious and reported him to the real police. And bulky Bavidge, 37, admitted impersonating a police officer at Livingston Sheriff Court on Monday.

His victim, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “Once I found out his name and realised his past I was shocked.

“You can bet he targeted me because I was a lone female.”

The 42-year-old was doing her rounds as a self-employed delivery driver when she noticed Bavidge following her.

He followed her for 10 minutes, twice parking when she made deliveries, then approached her in Eliburn, Livingston.

The woman said: “I grabbed my phone to video him as I found myself alone and vulnerable against a very large guy who clearly had an issue with me.

“He said he was a traffic police officer from Helen Street called Stuart Ross and wished to speak to me in relation to the manner of my driving. He asked who I was and who I worked with.

“I said I didn’t have to speak to him as he was plain-clothed in an unmarked vehicle and didn’t have any ID. He asked about business insurance, asked who I worked for again and said he could call a unit to check my details.”

But Bavidge backed off when she said she was going to the police to report him. She said: “He got back in the car and drove out the street at high speed on the wrong side of the street on the footpath.”

Police traced Bavidge in Edinburgh. The woman said: “He had a female passenger and a couple of kids in the car.

“I don’t know what his intentions were, maybe to show off to her as she seemed amused, or perhaps to contact me later. Knowing what I do now is horrifying.”

Bavidge, an operations manager at a transport firm, got a three-year sentence in 2006 after forcing a 21-year-old woman into a sex act by pretending to be a cop.

In 2008, he was caught working as a security guard using a fake Security Industry Authority letter.

Sheriff Kevin Drummond called for background reports “to be on the safe side”. Bavidge refused to comment.