Surrey

Ewell rape allegation was false, woman admits

Surrey Police is considering taking action against a teenager who falsely alleged she had been raped.

The force said a "lot of staff" were involved in investigating the complaint, made in the early hours of Sunday, by an 18-year-old London woman.

Police spent much of the day interviewing people in the Cox Lane area of Ewell and specialist officers supported the woman throughout the day.

But police said she later told them the allegation was false.

Det Insp Antony Archibald, of Surrey CID, said: "It is deeply frustrating when reports like this are falsely made.

"A lot of officers' time was put into this investigation, and due to the serious nature of the allegation it was fast-tracked and taken to the highest level, which took vital resources away from other people who may have needed them."

A police spokeswoman urged genuine victims of sexual assault to continue to contact them, promising their complaints would be taken seriously.

She was unable to quantify the cost of the day's operations, but pointed out at least three departments were involved in the investigation, including off-duty staff.

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