Our thanks to Martin for this. The article starts:
The alleged abduction of a 14-year-old girl in Oxford did not take place, police have said.
The girl reported she had been taken from the street while walking to school in the Summertown area of the city in September and later raped. Police said today that they are continuing to investigate the girl’s rape claim, but do not believe she was kidnapped from the street.
The Thames Valley force said they have carried out a ‘through examination’ of CCTV, dashcam footage and witness statements. A spokesman said: ‘We can confirm that the evidence gathered indicates that the reported abduction did not take place.’
Despite ruling out the abduction, the spokesman added: ‘Thames Valley Police continue to investigate an offence of rape against the victim [my emphasis] and are following all lines of enquiries to establish what has taken place.
‘Specially trained officers and staff from the police, Oxfordshire County Council Children’s Services, Health and other agencies continue to work with the victim, [my emphasis] at her pace.’
The word ‘alleged’ should go before the word ‘victim’ of course. The fact the girl lied about having been kidnapped shouldn’t mean we suspect she lied about having been raped. Yeah… but… no… but… females never lie, including females who’ve lied about having been kidnapped, trivial matters like that, wasting a huge amount of police time (and therefore taxpayers’ money) and creating anxiety locally for no reason.
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