Police are considering what action to take against a woman who admitted making a false allegation of sexual assault.
Officers were called to the Cox Lane area of Ewell on Sunday (June 30) following a report by a third party about an incident which was alleged to have taken place between 6am and 6.30am that day.
The call as made after a woman in her late teens was found in a distressed state at around 6.45am.
Following house-to-house enquiries and other investigations carried out by officers, an 18-year-old woman from London admitted making the false claim..
Detective Inspector Antony Archibald said: "Surrey Police takes all allegations of this nature extremely seriously and it is deeply frustrating when reports like this are falsely made."
“A lot of officers’s time was put into this investigation and due to the serious nature of the allegation it was fast-tracked and taken to the highest level which took vital resources away from other people which may have needed them."
“We are carefully considering what action may be taken again against the woman who made the allegation."
He also thanked Ewell residents for their assistance and urged genuine victims of sexual assault to still come forward.