Our thanks to Stu for this. It would be good to think the woman will be charged with wasting police time but doubtless she won’t be. Check out the BBC’s earlier report. Her allegation is treated as a fact. The piece starts:
A 19-year-old woman has been sexually assaulted near a golf club in Midlothian.
She was walking on a path through a wooded area near Newbattle Golf Club, Dalkeith, on Sunday afternoon when a man attacked her.
Police want to speak to any potential witnesses who were in the area at the time, including a dog walker who may have disturbed the attacker.
The suspect is described as having a beard, short brown hair and pale skin.
He was about about 6ft(1.83m) tall, and was wearing a blue hooded top, dark jacket and trousers and spoke with a local accent.
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