Girl lied about assault

Scene of alleged assault

An 11-year-old girl has today admitted she lied to police about being assaulted by a man who got out of a van as she walked home from school. The youngsters had said the incident happened in Bracken Road, North Baddesley on Friday afternoon (January 13) and that two men in a white van followed her and one got out chased her and pushed her to the ground.

However today (January 18) she attended Romsey Police Station with her father and admitted to officers she had made up the story. She told them she was sorry for what she had done and sorry for worrying lots of parents.

Officers have spoken with her and given her words of advice around her behaviour but will not be taking any further action. They would also like to reassure local people that no such incident took place and no school pupil was assaulted.

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  4 comments for “Girl lied about assault

  1. Peter Stewart
    January 18, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Fortunately no men were unjustly accused, for if they had been, no doubt the full vigour of our now terribly unreliable law would have been thrown at them and they would have been named in the newspapers and on TV and their lives would have been wrecked. Such is the presumption of GUILT which our slavish worship of all things European has brought us. One can only be thankful that the European Arrest Warrant was not involved too.

  2. maureen
    January 18, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    I just don’t understand why an 11 year old child would do this? Playing make-believe is clearly different from what it used to be. Very sad.

  3. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    January 19, 2012 at 12:19 am

    I know of a case where two young teenage girls were pursued by a man in Eastleigh and they DIDN’T report it to Police because (I believe) they had been drinking under age.
    They were walking along Derby Rd when a car drew up with two men and they were told to ‘get in’.
    They ignored the men and walked on but the passenger got out and made towards them.
    They escaped across Grantham Green but had to discard their shoes in order to run faster.
    This was a few years ago BTW.

  4. Peter Stewart
    January 19, 2012 at 9:22 am

    The state of affairs could perhaps be summed up in the saying “don’t talk to strangers”!

    When I was a kid, this saying did not exist. I think we had a saying which was, “don’t accept sweets from strangers”. BIG DIFFERENCE!

    Nowadays kids have become terrorized by the “stranger”. They see bogey men around every corner.

    It’s all part of the drift towards the anti-social society.

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