A MARSDEN man has been fined – for lying to the police.
He told police that he had been robbed at knifepoint but has been fined for wasting police time after admitting lying.
The man made the robbery complaint on December 23.
The 20-year old man called the police saying that he had been robbed in Marsden Park, off Manchester Road, Marsden.
The man told police that three men, one armed with a knife, had approached him and threatened him, before taking his mobile phone and the £100 cash he had on him at the time.
An investigation into the robbery was launched by Huddersfield CID, during which, the victim's story unravelled and it was realised that the 20-year old had been lying to the police.
The man was arrested and interviewed yesterday and he admitted lying to the police.
He told officers that he made up the robbery in an attempt to get more cash for Christmas presents via a crisis loan.
Instead of the loan, the man was instead charged with wasting police time and fined £80.
Acting Sgt James Bellhouse, of Huddersfield CID, handled the investigation. He said: “Any false report made to the police is a serious matter.
“In this case however, this man lied about being the victim of a serious knifepoint robbery, a crime that demanded the time and effort of the Huddersfield CID during what has been a busy Christmas period.
“False reports of this nature will be uncovered and the offenders punished accordingly, so we hope that this incident will help deter people from thinking about lying to the police in the future.
“The only outcome will be a fine and time spent in our cells”.
The fine will also give the man a criminal record.