Teenager cautioned for false robbery report

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Teenager cautioned for false robbery report

Posted: 12/07/2007 17:44:11

An 18-year-old woman from Slough has received a caution for wasting police time, after she falsely reported that she had been robbed.

The girl dialled 999 on Saturday 7 July and told police that she had been walking in Maidenhead town centre at around 2am that day when a large group of youths came up behind her and pulled her earrings from her ears.

However, when police investigated the allegation, it emerged that the girl had in fact lost the earrings at a party and no robbery had taken place.

Det Sgt Simon Powell of Maidenhead CID said: “Some people think they can cover up the loss of valuable belongings such as jewellery or mobile phones by claiming they were robbed.

“Not only are false reports a waste of police resources, but they increase the robbery statistics and thus contribute to the fear of crime.

“It is an offence to make a false allegation of robbery and people should remember that before contacting police. They may face an £80 fine or even court action if the report is found to be fraudulent.”

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