LATEST NEWS: Two arrested after robbery lies

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TWO people have been arrested after a woman lied about being robbed.

Earlier this week, police received a report that a woman had been robbed after she had been to a cashpoint in Heworth Road, in Usworth.

She claimed she was walking behind the shops in the street when it happened.

During their investigation, detectives trawled through CCTV footage and interviewed witnesses and discovered the robbery did not take place.

Two people have now been arrested for wasting police time.

A 33-year-old man was given a fixed penalty notice and a 23-year-old woman was cautioned.

Acting Neighbourhood Inspector Lee Butler said: “Our commitment to fully investigating crime means we will uncover any discrepancies and uncover if it is a false report.

“False claims mean vital resources that can be used elsewhere are being wasted on something that didn’t happen.

“We don’t want to discourage genuine victims of crime to come forward and report things to us and will always make sure they have the right amount of support they need.

“However, we’re warning anyone who does falsely claim to have been a victim of crime, often for their own financial gain, we will uncover their untruths and take action against them.”