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Wigan Police Issue Warning On False Robbery Reports
Monday 17th October, 2005

Wigan Police Issue Warning On False Robbery Reports

Police are reminding residents in Wigan and Leigh that making a false robbery report is a criminal offence.

Through a series of posters displayed in police stations across Wigan and Leigh, officers are appealing to the public to act responsibly and not to make false reports so that police can focus resources on giving genuine victims of crime their full support and bringing offenders to justice.

Wigan police take false robbery reports so seriously that they have a dedicated officer to investigate them. PC Melanie Miles, works in the Crime Management Unit at Leigh police station and is responsible for screening all robbery reports to determine whether they appear genuine.

PC Melanie Miles says: "We want to highlight that making a false robbery report is a criminal offence. People who do this cost Greater Manchester Police and the taxpayer a lot of money and the resources, which are lost, could be used to help real victims of crime and catch real criminals."

"People make false reports for a wide range of reasons, including reporting lost mobile phones as stolen so they can claim an upgrade or reporting a robbery in order to get a DSS crisis loan."

"False reporting, whatever the reason, is criminal, irresponsible and a real waste of police time. I want to send out a clear message to anybody considering making a false report, that all claims of crime are thoroughly and robustly investigated and if a claim is found to be false, the offender could be fined, arrested and prosecuted."



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