A police probe into an alleged rape of a teenage girl in Rotherham has ended, with detectives satisfied that the sex attack did not take place.
An investigation was launched after a 16-year-old girl claimed she had been raped in the Badsley Moor Lane area of Herringthorpe on Friday, March 31.
But today, police chiefs revealed that investigations had established that the attack did not happen.
The girl who made the false claim is being offered support.
Chief Superintendent Rob Odell, Rotherham's District Commander, said: "Since the report was received on Friday 31 March, we have had a dedicated team of officers working on this inquiry.
"This included reviewing CCTV footage from a number of sources, obtaining, completing and submitting numerous items to undergo forensic analysis, obtaining statements and speaking to potential witnesses.
"We have since received information that confirms that this incident did not take place, this is reinforced by the extensive enquiries we have completed.
"We appreciate how concerning this report was to the local community and want to reassure residents that whenever we receive a report of this nature, we take it incredibly seriously and will do all we can to identify suspects and support victims.
"While we are confident this incident didn't occur, we will work with our partner agencies to ensure that the complainant receives all of the support she needs as at the heart of this report is a child who requires support."