Kent

Deal woman Rebecca Howard admits false rape claim

A 20-year-old woman has admitted she lied to Kent Police about being abducted and raped.

Rebecca Howard had told officers two men bundled her into a car and drove her to Walmer where one of them raped her on 6 February.

She pleaded guilty to a charge of wasting police time at Channel magistrates in Folkestone on Thursday.

Howard, of Prince of Wales Terrace, Deal, was bailed until 15 September for pre-sentence reports.

'Extremely disappointing'

Acting Det Insp Matt Banks said: "This allegation caused heightened concern within the Deal community and involved considerable time and resources to investigate.

"Kent Police is totally committed to the investigation of rape and we take every allegation seriously.

"It takes considerable bravery for a rape victim to come forward to report a crime and we will always sensitively and thoroughly investigate all reported rapes. Our priority is always the victim.

"Therefore, it is extremely disappointing when rape is reported and it is established that the victim has in fact lied."

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