Monday, October 11, 2010

Women reprimanded over false Southport rape claims

A two for one story. 2 false claims in the space of 3 days. I'm hoping our UK readers can fill us in on if a Reprimand will carry any weight, such as being on their CBR?

TWO women have been reprimanded by police for making false claims of rape and sexual assault.

Following police enquires, two alleged incidents on Lord Street have proved to be unsubstantiated.

On Friday, September 24, a woman claimed she had been attacked in an alleyway next to the HSBC bank.

And, in the early hours of Sunday morning, another woman said she had been assaulted near to Barclay’s bank.

Detective Inspector Lee Turner, from Merseyside Police's Unity Team, said: “The two women who have made these false reports have been reprimanded for their behaviour and now realise that there are severe penalties for making false allegations of sexual assault and for wasting police time.

"The false allegations would undoubtedly have caused considerable concern to the community of Southport and we would like to reassure the public that these incidents did not happen.

“Southport is a safe place to visit and to enjoy a good night out."

He added: "We take all reports of offences extremely seriously and those who make false claims are committing a criminal offence.

“Anyone who is thinking of making a false report should be warned that we won't hesitate to take action against them.”