DETECTIVES in South Yorkshire have issued a warning about the consequences of making false reports of robberies.
Earlier this month, a 39-year-old man from Cantley, Doncaster, claimed he was robbed at knifepoint on Acacia Road in Cantley and was forced to drive to a petrol station to use a credit card to but petrol.
Investigating officers found the allegation to be unsubstantiated and the man who made the allegation was arrested on suspicion of making a false report of a crime robbery and received a police caution.
He also had to pay £150 for the release of his car, which was seized during the police investigation.
This week, a 32-year-old man from Rotherham was arrested over a false report of robbery made in August.
He has been released on bail pending further inquiries.
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.”
n Anyone with information about false reports of crimes should call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.