Girl's Bracknell woodland rape claim was false

Detectives who interviewed a girl after she claimed to have been raped in a Berkshire wood have said the allegation was false.

Police appealed for the public's help to find her attacker after she said a man raped her on Saturday afternoon.

But after interviewing the girl, officers now say "no offence was found to have taken place".

Det Ch Insp Rebecca Mears said the girl had been spoken to by officers and regretted making the claim.

She added: "It is essential that victims of rape feel confident that police will support and encourage them to come forward and report the crime.

"In this instance, the girl making the false report has been spoken to by officers and understands and regrets the gravity of what she has done.

"Due to the circumstances of this particular case, the matter will not be taken any further."

Police set up additional patrols and cordoned off part of the area for forensic investigations after a member of the public raised the alarm shortly after 15:00 BST.

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