South Yorkshire Police are warning of the consequences of wasting police time
Detectives in Doncaster have recently dealt with two men for falsely reporting incidents of robbery.
Earlier this month, a 39-year-old man from Cantley, Doncaster claimed he was robbed at knifepoint on Acacia Road in Cantley and forced to drive to a petrol station to use a credit card to purchase petrol for the “driver” of the car.
Investigating officers found the allegation to be unsubstantiated. The man was arrested on suspicion of a false report of robbery and the man was given a police caution and had to pay £150 for the release of his car, which was seized during the enquiry.
In another incident from August, a 32-year-old man from Rotherham reported to police that he had been robbed in Balby, Doncaster. The incident was investigated and the man was arrested this week on suspicion of making a false report of robbery. He has been released on bail on while enquiries continue.
Superintendent Eddie Murphy said: “Falsely reporting a crime is a serious offence. People who make up incidents are taking valuable time and resources away from those with a genuine need.”
“We want to ensure police are working on real incidents to help victims.”