A WOMAN wasted police time by making a false report, a court has heard.

Doreen Burns knowingly made a fake report to West Mercia Police on April 22 last year, causing wasteful employment of the police.

Paul John, the prosecutor, said that Burns suggested an offence had been committed, but that her report was knowingly false. She had made the police report from Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire, the court heard.


The 67-year-old from Saunders Close in Lea, near Ross-on-Wye, pleaded guilty on February 6 this year when she appeared at Hereford Magistrates' Court.

She was fined £166, with her guilty plea taken into account. She must also pay £630 in costs to the Crown Prosecution Service, and a victim surcharge of £66. The victim surcharge goes towards funding services to help and support victims of crime.

Burns was defended by Marilena Di Vitantonio, and received a 10 per cent reduction in her fine after changing her plea from not guilty to guilty.