An investigation into an alleged sexual assault in Hartlepool has been dropped after it was found to have been made up, police said.
Police were called to Dalton Street in Hartlepool on Monday morning.
Later on Monday, Cleveland Police said a girl had withdrawn her complaint and confirmed that no such incident occurred.
A 29-year-old man who was arrested has been released without charge, police said.
They said they had spoken to the girl involved about the impact of making false allegations.