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Fined over false report

PUBLISHED: 14:53 19 June 2008 | UPDATED: 10:31 11 August 2010

A MAN accused of lying about the theft of his car has been fined for wasting police time - but he has pledged to contest the decision in court. A witness told police they saw a road traffic accident in Renwick Road, Barking, on April 15. They said the dri

A MAN accused of lying about the theft of his car has been fined for wasting police time - but he has pledged to contest the decision in court.

A witness told police they saw a road traffic accident in Renwick Road, Barking, on April 15.

They said the driver inspected the damage, locked the car, and walked off.

On April 16 the same car was reported stolen by its 40-year-old owner, who told police he had left his keys in the ignition.

Their suspicions were aroused when he changed his story to say he had left his keys near an open window in his Dagenham home.

His description matched that of the man seen at the scene of the accident, and police gave him a fixed penalty notice for wasting their time.

A police spokeswoman said that he maintains his story and claims he will contest the matter in the courts.

The spokeswoman added: "False reporting of crime is taken very seriously and officers will challenge and investigate anything that appears untrue.

"These reports divert attention from victims who genuinely need assistance.


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