Doncaster ‘robbery’ woman fined for wasting police time

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A woman has been issued with a £90 fixed penalty notice for wasting police time after she made a false report of robbery.

The 30-year-old woman arrived at Doncaster Police Station in College Road yesterday morning claiming she had been robbed at a cash machine a few hours earlier.

She claimed she had withdrawn £170 from her account when a man approached her from behind and demanded the money. She said she handed it over to the man, and then went to the police station to report the robbery.

However, subsequent enquiries proved that the woman had not in fact been a victim of crime, and she was issued with a £90 fixed penalty notice for false reporting.

Pc Laura Drinkwater, who dealt with the case, said: “South Yorkshire Police takes all reports of crime seriously, and police put a great deal of time, effort and resources into investigating every alleged offence.

“It is therefore disappointing that some people waste police time by making false reports.

“On this occasion, this woman has found herself on the wrong side of the law and has felt the impact in her pocket. I hope this case serves as a warning to those who think they can get away with making false reports to police.”