A BIDFORD woman has admitted that she made a false allegation of sexual assault.

A thorough and extensive police investigation was made into the alleged assault, which was reported as happening in Bidford village centre on Tuesday, August 13, but officers have said it has become clear that the allegation was false.

Investigating officer DS Tim Sharp, said: “The female concerned has withdrawn the allegation admitting it was false and police are confident that the incident did not occur. As a result she has been dealt with formally for wasting police time.

“We also interviewed a male in connection with the incident and are pleased to say that he has now been totally exonerated.

"One of our priorities in the investigation of all sexual offences is to protect the identify of both the alleged victim and the alleged perpetrator until we can establish exactly what has happened. We are asking the public to continue to respect the privacy of both parties now the investigation is concluded."

Warwickshire Police force has also issued a statement to say that thorough and detailed investigations are always made into all alleged sexual assaults, and false allegations are likely to be identified.

The statement added that the force hopes the police commitment to the investigation has reassured the people of Bidford, and police are grateful for their continued support.