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Last Updated: Monday, 2 August, 2004, 14:52 GMT 15:52 UK
Woman fined for false rape claim
Police in Bradford have fined a woman who falsely claimed she had been raped.

The 31-year-old approached two detectives in the city centre on Friday evening and said she had been raped by the driver of vehicle parked nearby.

She was taken to hospital but after refusing to undergo a medical examination she admitted the offence had not taken place.

Officers gave her an 80 fixed penalty ticket for wasting police time. It must be paid within 28 days.

Det Insp John Armitage said: "An innocent man was arrested but fortunately the woman admitted the incident never happened before procedures went any further and he was released without charge.

"This was a complete waste of police time and while officers were dealing with it they could have been focusing on genuine incidents."

The power to give fixed penalty notices in cases of this kind was introduced in West Yorkshire in April.

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