March 28, 1999: Julie Gavin bangs on the door of a police station at Nechells, Birmingham; she is crying as she says to an officer:

“Can you help me? I have been raped”.

(No question mark in the original). And no rape either. Her original claim was that she had been dragged into a Volvo after alighting from a bus, and driven to a nearby road where she was raped at knifepoint. Obviously the police launched an intensive hunt, their investigation included taking swabs from under her fingernails. But, on April 15, 1999, she returned to the police station and admitted

“she had flagged down a passing motorist for a lift and then consented to sex with two passengers in the vehicle.”

As any nice girl would do. Then

“feeling guilty and dirty for what she had done she concocted the rape story.”

That much I can believe. She pleaded guilty to wasting police time, and was given 140 hours community service and ordered to pay £500 compensation.

The article below was published in the Birmingham evening paper as dated.

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