Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Southampton woman admits making up rape story

A woman who claimed she was raped by a stranger who followed her into her Southampton home in broad daylight has admitted she fabricated the story.

She reported to police that a man got into her home in Wimpson Lane, Millbrook, and then threatened her and raped her on 2 February.

However, detectives who launched an investigation found her story did not add up.

The woman was given an official caution for perverting the course of justice.

After she reported the attack, which she said took place in the afternoon, extra police patrols were put in place in the area.

Det Sgt Steve Spencer, of Hampshire Police, said: "As a direct result of the thorough investigation we conducted it became clear that this reported rape had not occurred.

"The time spent investigating this incident should have been used on a genuine case.

"It is very disappointing that we had to waste our time and resources on this matter but at least the residents in the Wimpson Lane area can be reassured that the reported rapist does not exist."

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