Social media claims that men were marking young girls with UV pens at Sunderland bars have been dismissed by the city’s leading police officer following an inquiry.
Posts online had claimed an incident had happened in one of the city’s bars at the weekend where women were being marked with the pens by men inside the venue.
It was also suggested that arrests had been made.
However, Northumbria Police has said there is no foundation in the message, which was posted and shared on Facebook.
Superintendent Paul Milner said: “We are aware of a comment on social media that claims men were marking young girls with a UV pen in a venue in Sunderland City Centre on the weekend.
“We have carried out enquiries and have spoken to both women who raised concerns, the manager of the venue and the person who posted the comment and are satisfied absolutely nothing sinister or untoward took place.
Despite initial concerns from a woman who thought her friend had been marked with a UV pen by someone she knew, there is nothing to suggest anyone was marked with a UV pen.Superintendent Paul Milner
“Despite initial concerns from a woman who thought her friend had been marked with a UV pen by someone she knew, there is nothing to suggest anyone was marked with a UV pen.
“Unfortunately we find ourselves in the position once again where inaccurate comments have been posted on social media that have caused our local communities to be unnecessarily concerned and I really would like people to think twice before posting information without knowing the facts.
“If anyone has any concerns around any issues I would ask they speak to police first. “Our priority is to reassure the public and people enjoying a night out in the city centre will always see officers on patrol and I would encourage people to come up and speak to us. “They are there for reassurance and are approachable and we want people to stop and speak to us.”
Anyone who would like to report incidents can call Northumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.