Birmingham & Black Country

Woman fined for 'made up' racist attack in Birmingham

A woman who claimed she had been punched in the face in a racist attack has been fined for wasting police time.

The 18-year-old said she had been attacked in New Street, Birmingham, and suggested it had been triggered by her wearing a hijab.

West Midlands Police said they spent "countless hours" looking through CCTV footage for evidence of the attack.

But no footage could be found and the woman was given a £90 fixed penalty notice.

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Supt Andy Parsons said the attack was said to have taken place during the morning of 23 November and that the woman had claimed she had been hit so hard she fell over.

He also said police accompanied her along a similar walk through the city centre to help her pinpoint where the attack took place.

"The footage shows her walking normally along New Street and at no stage does she appear in distress or seen reacting to anything.

"There is no evidence she was physically assaulted and she was given a penalty notice for wasting police time," he said.

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