Thetford woman plagued police with false allegations, court hears

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A Thetford woman plagued police with dozens of calls to make false complaints of rape and harassment, a court heard.

Emily Chatters, 20, of Coventry Way, Thetford, appeared before magistrates in Bury St Edmunds on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to four counts of wasting police time.

She was sentenced to a one-year community order for the offences, which happened between April 18 and July 21 this year.

Ian Devine, prosecuting, said police had initially taken her allegations seriously, but further investigations failed to find any corroborating evidence.

Mr Devine said Chatters’ first charge related to 26 separate calls she made to the police about a named individual, reporting rape, kidnap, assault and harassment. These were followed by more calls to the police made using an alias.

On one occasion, Chatters alleged the same individual, with two others, had threatened to rape her and kicked her in the stomach.

Mr Devine said the police initially took her complaints seriously and installed an alarm in her home. But suspicions were raised about her claims after she complained the individual had been to see her at work. When CCTV footage was checked no-one fitting the person’s description could be seen at the time she claimed he was there.

Mr Devine said she also claimed the individual had made threatening gestures towards her in a Thetford car park and had sent her threatening text messages, but again police found no corroborating evidence.

Following an alleged assault police took statements from other parties, including the named individual who said no assault had taken place.

Mr Devine said there were periods when Chatters had been detained by police, but following her release in July false allegations of offences being committed against her started again.

Once charged, Chatters admitted all the allegations made between April and July were false. Mr Devine said the waste of police time was a ‘direct result’ of her making complaints which were ‘false from the outset’.

Sentencing, John Dennehy said Chatters’ community order was to include supervision by a probation officer and mental health home treatments.

She was also ordered not to contact the emergency services for a year except in the case of a genuine emergency.