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12-year-old boy ‘told off’ by police after rape

A 12-year-old boy has been given a reprimand for wasting police time after a rape – the second such incident in Whitley in three months.

The boy attacked a girl on Saturday, July 11.

Detective Constable Pauline Foy said: “We take every single report of sexual assault extremely seriously and would not want to discourage anyone from coming forward to report a legitimate incident.

“In this case a 15-year-old girl was raped, which was obviously very distressing for her.

“Each report of sexual assault is dealt with by detectives and other specialist officers, who conduct a full investigation at great expense.”

In the claim in May a 14-year-old girl was raped by a 15-year-old boy in an alleyway between Whitley Wood Road and Hilary Close.

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12-year-old girl ‘told off’ by police after false rape claim

A 12-year-old girl has been given a reprimand for wasting police time after falsely reporting a rape – the second such incident in Whitley in three months.

The girl told police she had been attacked on Saturday, July 11, but an investigation revealed the report to be false.

Detective Constable Pauline Foy said: “We take every single report of sexual assault extremely seriously and would not want to discourage anyone from coming forward to report a legitimate incident.

“However, if people falsely report incidents to police we will take appropriate action.

“In this case a 15-year-old boy was arrested as part of the initial investigation, which was obviously very distressing for him. He has subsequently been released without charge.

“Each report of sexual assault is dealt with by detectives and other specialist officers, who conduct a full investigation at great expense.”

In the claim in May a 14-year-old girl said a 15-year-old had attacked her in an alleyway between Whitley Wood Road and Hilary Close.

Link: http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/s/2054874_12yearold_girl_told_off_by_police_after_false_rape_claim