Halifax woman fined £90 for wasting police time

Police are appealing for information
Police are appealing for information

A Halifax woman has been fined £90 for wasting police time after admitting making a false robbery report.

The 29-year-old told police that a man had stolen her bag as she walked along Morley Street in Bradford on August 18.

She said she had asked the man for directions before he led her down an alleyway and stole her bag, containing cash and her passport.

As enquiries were carried out, the woman changed her account to say that the cash and passport had not been stolen and that she had found them at home.

Further enquiries failed to reveal any information and, after being challenged by officers, she admitted to making a false report.

Detective Inspector Richard Partis, of Bradford District CID, said: “We need to stress to people that they simply will not get away with making up crimes as serious as robbery.

“We investigate these reports extremely thoroughly because, just as this helps us to identify real offenders, it also helps us identify false reports.

“People who make up crimes waste valuable police resources and detract officers from genuine crimes. They could even delay our response to a real emergency and put people’s lives at risk.”