Monday, February 18, 2008

Teenager's rape claim found to be false

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By Sarah Cosgrove

A TEENAGE girl who said she was raped by two men made the story up, according to police.

The 16-year-old claimed she was dragged into bushes near Walthamstow Express petrol station, close to Walthamstow Stadium in Chingford between 9.30pm and 10pm on February 7, and attacked by a pair of white men in their 30s.

Police cordoned off the area and sent forensics crews down to investigate.

They also issued an appeal for witnesses.

But less than a week later, a police spokeswoman said that Inquires had revealed the allegation was false.

It is not yet known if the girl will face a prosecution for wasting police time.