Ewell false rape claim teenager cautioned

A teenager has been given a caution for wasting police time by falsely claiming she was raped in an attack in Surrey.

The 18-year-old, from London, made the allegation in Ewell on 30 June.

She was found in the Cox Lane area and police said they spent much of the day interviewing people. Specialist officers also offered her support.

But later that evening, the woman told officers the allegation was false. Det Insp Antony Archibald said such reports were "deeply frustrating".

Surrey Police said said a "lot of staff" had been involved in investigating the complaint.

Mr Archibald said vital resources had been taken away from other people who may have needed them.

He added: "We have carefully considered what action could be taken against the woman and it was decided that a caution would be the most suitable form of punishment."

He urged genuine victims of sexual assault to continue to contact the force.

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