Tayside and Central Scotland

Fake abduction claim woman Alice Nicol sentenced

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Image caption The women pretended they were held against their will in the Stirling pub

A woman who sparked a major police operation after making a false abduction claim with a friend has been given a community sentence.

Alice Nicol and Cathryn Spencer pretended they were being held against their will in a Stirling pub.

But the pair had been given refuge in the pub by a barman who thought they were too drunk to be on the street.

Nicol, now 20, was ordered to carry out 160 hours of unpaid work and Spencer, 19, will be sentenced next year.

Stirling Sheriff Court was told the false claim tied up the whole of Central Scotland's CID team for an entire shift on 27 December last year.

The court was told that the barman and his friend were arrested and Claymores bar was searched by forensic experts after the false allegations were made.

Waste of resources

Nicol, of Doune, Perthshire, was found guilty after trial of wasting police time.

Spencer, of Glenochil, Clackmannanshire, admitted the offence.

Sheriff William Gilchrist, said both women gave "very precise, incredibly detailed blow-by-blow" false accounts.

He told Nicol: "I think I said at the trial that one of the concerning aspects of this was the waste of police resources.

"The only appropriate disposal in these circumstances would be unpaid work, to put something back into the community."

Sentence on Spencer, a care worker, was further deferred as background reports were not ready.

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