An extensive investigation into claims a 12-year-old girl was abducted outside school in Stourbridge last week have shown the allegation was made up.

The 12-year-old girl reported to police that she had been dragged into a taxi by four men, as she left school in Stourbridge last Thursday (18/05).

Detectives spent countless hours trawling CCTV cameras in and around the area in a bid to identify the vehicle and any offenders – but after monitoring her route they found no evidence of the alleged attack.

Detective Sergeant Matt Slattery said: “Incidents of child abduction are thankfully rare, but any reports of such are rigorously investigated… and any bogus accounts will be quickly uncovered.

He added: “Detectives responded in the way people would expect when faced with a report of a child being abducted.

“However, as the enquiry progressed, it quickly became clear the incident had not happened in the way it was described to us.

“I know that this allegation caused fear among local residents and although the investigation continues and the girl is being supported, I want to stress that the public were never in any danger.”