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Woman 'made up story about attempted murder in taxi'

The 60-year-old has been charged with wasting police time after the alert.

West Calder: An attempted murder inquiry was launched.
West Calder: An attempted murder inquiry was launched. STV

A woman has been charged after allegedly making up she had been attacked and robbed in an attempted murder while driving a taxi.

An investigation, which lasted almost five months, was launched relating to claims she was assaulted and robbed at knifepoint by two men in West Calder, West Lothian.

The 60-year-old woman has been charged in connection with wasting police time and fraud following the alert on the A704 at the junction for Pateshill Water Treatment Works in February.

Detective superintendent Pat Campbell said: "This report caused significant concern within the communities of Lanark and West Calder and I want to thank everyone who supported our investigation by sharing our various appeals and getting in touch with information.

"Extensive enquiries by detectives in both West Lothian and Lanarkshire have been ongoing into this report for almost five months.

"Our investigation has now concluded with a woman being charged in connection with fraud and wasting police time."

The woman is expected to appear in court at a later date.

A report has been submitted to the procurator fiscal.

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