Manchester

Farnworth alleyway rape claim was false, police say

An allegation by a 16-year-old girl that she was raped as she walked home in Greater Manchester early on Saturday was false, police have said.

The girl had claimed she was grabbed in Egerton Street, Farnworth, and dragged into a nearby alley off Lomax Street.

But Greater Manchester Police said officers had discovered that the allegation was not genuine.

Det Insp Gary Smith, from Bolton CID, said the girl had been issued with a fixed penalty notice.

He said: "Greater Manchester Police encourages anyone who has been a victim of rape or any sort of sexual abuse to come forward, but I must also stress the importance of providing police with genuine reports due to the time we invest in investigating these cases."

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