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Police say a man who claimed he was sexually assaulted by two male attackers had “made the story up”.
Officers have now cancelled an investigation launched after the 20-year-old said he had been subjected to an attack in Carlisle during the early hours of the morning.
The force confirmed the man who made the allegation admitted last night that it did not actually happen.
The inquiry had been launched on Sunday night after police were told a man was assaulted as he walked home alone “in the vicinity of” the Lower Viaduct area on Saturday morning.
Investigations had focussed on allegations he was pushed into a car park by two male attackers and “subjected to a serious sexual assault”.
Detective Chief Inspector Lee Johnson said: “We have cancelled our investigation after our inquiries, and an admission from the alleged victim, confirmed the assault did not take place.
“The man made the story up and now regrets his actions.
“Sadly, police officers sometimes receive fabricated crime reports but it is our duty to take each of them seriously.
“When any crime is brought to our attention we believe the victim and will do whatever we can to support them, gather evidence and catch offenders.
“On occasion, our inquiries can lead us to confirmation that the crimes haven’t taken place.
“In these instances we work with the alleged victims to find out why they made a false complaint and identify whether their intention was malicious, criminal, or simply a cry for help.
“We will not be looking to prosecute in this case, however we will be working with our partners to ensure he receives any support he needs.”
DCI Johnson added it was important victims of crime came forward and contacted police.
“If you have been a genuine victim of crime, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will do all we can to help you,” he said.
“It is often very daunting for victims of sexual assault to come forward but it is absolutely imperative that you tell police so that we can catch criminals and protect you and other members of the public.”