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Woman who alleged sexual assault fined for wasting police time

Woman who alleged sexual assault fined for wasting police time

Steve Scott

Woman who alleged sexual assault fined for wasting police time

A 21-year-old woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted in Burnham on Sunday has been fined for wasting police time.

Police enquiries into allegations the woman was assaulted by a man in an alleyway off Church Street between 1.30am and 2am found the claim was unfounded and she was issued with a £80 fixed penalty notice.

A shoe belonging to the alleged victim, who said she had been walking home from a pub, was reported missing and police released a photo earlier of the matching shoe in an appeal for information (see left).

The alleyway had also been sealed off by police.

Detective inspector Sharon Hill said: "Police take all reports of sexual assault extremely seriously and dedicate a large amount of time and resources to each investigation.

"In this case, we carried out a thorough and sensitive inquiry and found the allegation to be unfounded.

"While we will provide appropriate support, anyone who makes a false allegation of sexual assault can expect to be dealt with for wasting police time and could end up with a criminal record."

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