Police time wasters will be prosecuted

Police tape
Police tape

residents are being warning of the consequences of wasting police time.

Detectives in Doncaster have recently dealt with two men for falsely reporting incidents of robbery.

Earlier this month, a 39-year-old man from Cantley claimed he was robbed at knifepoint on Acacia Road in Cantley and forced to drive to a petrol station to use a credit card to purchase petrol for the “driver” of the car.

Officers found the allegation to be unsubstantiated. The man was arrested on suspicion of a false report of robbery and the man was given a caution and had to pay £150 for the release of his car, which was seized during the enquiry.

In another incident from August, a 32-year-old man from Rotherham reported to police that he had been robbed in Balby.

The incident was investigated and the man was arrested on suspicion of making a false report of robbery. He has been released on bail on while enquiries continue.

Superintendent Eddie Murphy said: “Falsely reporting a crime is a serious offence. People who make up incidents are taking valuable time and resources away from those with a genuine need. We want to ensure police are working on real incidents to help victims.”