Police warning over bogus crime claims
DETECTIVES in Huntingdon and Fenland are issuing a warning to anyone thinking of falsely reporting a robbery or any other crime.
Officers are warning that making fake claims could land people with a fine or time in jail. The maximum penalty for perverting the course of justice is life in jail. For wasting police time, the term could be six months or a fine of up to £2,500. The warning comes after Cambridgeshire police brought charges against two men after receiving false reports of a robbery last month.
Detective Sergeant Claire Hewson, said: “The majority of robbery reports are made by genuine victims of crime and I certainly do not want to discourage those victims from coming forward.
“What I am aiming to do is warn those considering making a false report to think again.
“These reports limit the time officers can spend investigating genuine reports.”