Po­lice warn­ing over bo­gus crime claims

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

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.”

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