DETECTIVES investigating an alleged street robbery in Ravensthorpe have fined a man with wasting police time.
The 21-year-old man told police he had been attacked on Huddersfield Road, Ravensthorpe, on November 27 and had £90 stolen.
Officers soon discovered the incident did not add up and the man later admitted that he had lost the money in a local bookmakers and didn’t want his partner to find out.
Police gave him an £80 penalty fine.
Sgt Ian Thornes, of Kirklees CID said: “We need to stress to people that they simply will not get away with making up crimes.
“We investigate reports thoroughly because, just as this helps us identify real offenders, it also helps identify false reports.
“People who make up crimes waste valuable police resources and detract officers from genuine crimes. They could even delay our response to a real emergency and put people’s lives at risk.”
In a separate incident a Birstall woman was also fined £80 for lying about having been robbed in Dewsbury town centre.