A woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted in Wellington has admitted the allegation was false, police said today.
The woman in her late teens could now be prosecuted for wasting police time.
Detectives spent hours investigating the alleged “serious sexual assault” yesterday, while forensics scoured a cordoned off area of the town for clues.
Chris Ammonds, spokesman for Telford police, said: “We carried out a full investigation including forensic and CCTV work around the area where the alleged assault took place.
“As a result of the CCTV examination, we spoke to the victim again and she has since withdrawn the allegation and admitted the report was false. We will be looking at the possibility of charging the woman with wasting police time.
“I would like to reassure the community in Wellington that there is no concern whatsoever in relation to this alleged incident.”
Every civilized society must strive to (1) eradicate heinous crimes by punishing the offenders, and (2) insure that the innocent aren't punished along with the offenders. Too often, the second half of that balance is omitted from the public discourse. Accusations of serious criminality, especially murder and sexual wrongdoing, too often are their own convictions in the high court of public opinion because the stigma is so severe. It is our mission to raise awareness about the injustices suffered by persons wrongly accused of serious criminality. Protecting the innocent from unjust harm as a result of a wrongful accusation is a hallmark of a civilized society.