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Taxi driver charged over robbery and attempted murder claim

A 60-year-old woman has been charged in connection with fraud and wasting police time.

It follows an investigation into a female private hire taxi driver who claimed to have been attacked and robbed in West Calder in February.

She told officers she had been threatened with a knife, told to pull over and assaulted until she was unconscious.

The driver claimed she woke to find the men gone, and her jewellery stolen.

Police had initially been treating the case as a robbery and attempted murder.

Det Supt Pat Campbell said: "This report caused significant concern within the communities of Lanark and West Calder and I want to thank everyone who supported our investigation by sharing our various appeals and getting in touch with information.

"Extensive inquiries by detectives in both West Lothian and Lanarkshire have been ongoing into this report for almost five months.

"Our investigation has now concluded with a woman being charged in connection with fraud and wasting police time."

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