Caution for rape claim

Fareham MP Suella Fernandes, second right, and Minister of State for Schools The Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, centre, with representatives from Portchester Community School  and Henry Cort Community College

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A GIRL who sparked a huge police investigation by falsely crying rape has been cautioned by police.

The teenager told police that she had been raped in Wimbledon Park, Southsea, on August 20 last year.

She claimed she had been attacked by a group of foreign men.

Police launched a major inquiry into her claims and questioned several people but no-one was ever charged with the offence.

Now the girl, who was 14 at the time, has been questioned further by detectives and has admitted she made the whole thing up.

Police have given the girl a final warning caution for making a false allegation of rape.

Detective Inspector Ray Hallet from Portsmouth CID said: 'We have now written to everyone who was involved in the investigation to let them know the outcome and thanked them for their help.

'I would like to assure people we deal with all allegations of rape very seriously.

'We will also deal robustly with any false allegations.'

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