False crime reports will not pay, warn police

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A WOMAN entered a police station carrying a handbag she had reported as being stolen and two teenagers falsely claimed they had been carjacked police said last night as they warned reporting false crimes will not pay.

Following the incidents police are warning those who make false claims could face being fined and being given a criminal record.

Officers have now given the woman a criminal caution and fined the two teenagers.

In the first incident a Keighley woman was given a caution after she admitted making up a false robbery report in order to gain a crisis loan.

The matter was uncovered by detectives after the woman was arrested following a breech of the peace on November 29 and brought into Airedale House Police station for questioning.

Shortly after she was brought in officers noted the handbag she was carrying matched the description of a bag she claimed had been taken in a street robbery earlier in November.

In the other incident, two teenagers, aged 17 and 18, told police the Vauxhall Insignia they had been driving had been stolen for them at knifepoint by three men in Undercliffe, Bradford, on November 30.

After inquiries both teenagers admitted making up the allegation after crashing the car as they could not afford the insurance excess.

Both were given £80 Fixed Penalty Tickets for making the false reports.

Det Insp John Priestley, of Airedale and North Bradford CID, said: “We always investigate all crime reports very thoroughly to satisfy ourselves they are genuine. In both of these cases the victims made false reports for financial gain and have been left facing extra penalties as a result, either financial or criminal.

“The allegation of a car jacking in particular was an extremely serious one which has thoroughly backfired on the complainants, who now face even bigger bills.”