Essex man cautioned over London Underground Twitter lie

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Image caption Police said the 23-year-old man had the "audacity to boast" about his lie

Police have cautioned a man from Essex who reported his wallet stolen to police, before taking to social media to say he had simply left it at home.

The 23-year-old from Benfleet initially claimed his wallet was snatched from his hand at Bermondsey Tube station.

But officers from British Transport Police later spotted a post by the man on Twitter in which he admitted simply forgetting the wallet.

Police cautioned him for perverting the course of justice.

Supt Matt Wratten said: "This man wasted valuable police time by falsely claiming his property had been stolen.

"He then had the audacity to brag about it on social media.

"Thanks to the quick actions of the staff in our force control room, and the man's tweets, we were able to quickly identify that the theft hadn't taken place."

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