A BARNSLEY woman has been fined for wasting police time after making a fake rape claim.

The 33-year-old woman reported she had been raped in the town centre last weekend.

Chief Inspector Mark James said: “A thorough investigation was immediately carried out from the initial report received and the woman was provided support from specially trained officers.

“However, as the investigation progressed, a number of discrepancies in the claim became apparent and there was no evidence to corroborate or substantiate the woman’s claims, with CCTV footage confirming beyond doubt that an attack had not actually taken place.”