A WOMAN has been interviewed by police after admitting making a false allegation of rape.

The 26-year-old claimed she was leaving the ground-floor level of the Wellington Square shopping centre car park in Stockton-on-Tees last week when a man approached her from behind and sexually assaulted her.

Police launched a media appeal for information and arrested, and bailed, a 22-year-old man in connection with the incident. However, the woman then admitted she had made a false allegation.

The man has now been released with no further action to be taken.

Police have passed the file for the case on to the Crown Prosecution Service, who will decide whether to prosecute the woman.