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Suspected Ilkley sex attack was false report

Suspected Ilkley sex attack was false report

Published at 4:38pm 26th April 2016. (Updated at 4:52pm 26th April 2016)

Police investigating a suspected sex attack in Ilkley have confirmed that it did not take place.

A 25-year-old woman alleged that she had been attacked by a man at the junction of Brook Street and The Grove at around 11.30pm on Saturday.

However, she has now admitted that it was a false report and officers are considering what action to take.

Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson, Senior Investigating Officer, said: "Reports of this nature are treated extremely seriously and are often managed by specialist teams trained to investigate the most serious crimes.

"People who make up crimes not only waste valuable police resources, they detract officers from helping genuine victims.

"False reporting could also delay our response to a real emergency and potentially puts people's lives at risk."