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[22 JUL 00] CRIMES, FIRES & ACCIDENTS
Nuneaton Rape Was A Hoax

A hunt for a rapist in Nuneaton has been called off after the alleged victim confessed she made the incident up.

A massive hunt costing thousands of pounds was sparked in the town following reports of the serious sexual assault on 9 June.

The 18-year-old told police she had been raped by a railway line as she walked her dog in Weddington Fields.

More than 50 officers were brought in to try and find the attacker. A reconstruction of the victim's movements was held, and appeals for several witnesses made.

At one point, one of the best police portrait artists in the country was brought in from Cornwall to draw a picture of the suspect.

The photofit was issued and police investigated the possibility of links between the attack and other sexual assaults near railway lines between Birmingham and Nuneaton.

But police say they have now ended their investigation after the victim admitted she had made the whole thing up.

Officers are now considering what action to take. It is possible that the woman will face charges for wasting police time, although none have been set at this point.

SEE ALSO:
[10 JUN 00] TEENAGER RAPED IN NUNEATON
[12 JUN 00] POLICE FIND KNIFE IN NUNEATON RAPIST HUNT
[14 JUN 00] EXPERTS BROUGHT IN TO CRACK RAPE CASE
[21 JUN 00] RAPE VICTIM'S MOVEMENTS TO BE RETRACED

 

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CWN / Crimes, Fires & Accidents / 22 Jul 00
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