Leeds teenager admits false rape claim

27 November 2011, 09:42

Detectives investigating an allegation of a serious sexual assault on a young girl in Leeds on Friday night say the allegation is false.

The 14 year old girl had initially told police she was seriously sexually assaulted in an alleyway just off Harehills Road, Leeds, at around 9.50pm last Friday (25 November).

However during interview she stated that she had made the allegation up.

DCI Simon Atkinson, of West Yorkshire Police's Homicide and Major Enquiry Team (HMET), said the girl had now been referred to specialists through the Safeguarding Unit in Leeds where she is receiving support.

He said: "We will always thoroughly and proactively investigate any serious sexual assault reported to us and provide ongoing support to the victim.

“However, in this particular case, we have discovered a false allegation has been made and the appropriate referrals have been put in place in order to support this girl."

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