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Police Issue Warning on False Reporting
Tuesday 2nd October, 2007

Police in Wigan are warning people of the consequences of making false reports of robbery.

Most non-genuine claims are linked to valuables such as mobile phones, iPods and satellite navigation systems.

Those responsible will be issued with £80 fixed penalty notices, and officers hope that harsh fines will deter others from breaking the law and falsely claiming that they are victims of crime.

Superintendent Shaun Currie said: "The false reporting of crimes is a very real issue and takes away officers and valuable resources from the real victims of crime. Most people who make these claims do so without realising the seriousness of their actions.

“When they make a false allegation to update their mobile phone or make an insurance claim they are breaking the law, and as well as a hefty fine they could also end up with a criminal record.

"The message is clear – false reporting wastes police time and will be treated extremely seriously. Genuine victims of crime have nothing to fear, but those who make false allegations for financial gain will be found out eventually.

“While the number of robberies in Wigan is extremely low and likely to remain so, we need to eliminate the problem of false reports.

“It is essential that true victims receive the best possible service, and tackling the issue of false reporting is designed to help those victims."

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