In the UK, anyone can be charged with wasting police time and perverting the course of justice, regardless of gender. These are serious criminal offenses that can carry significant penalties upon conviction, including imprisonment.
Wasting police time involves making a false report or statement to the police with the intention of causing them to investigate a non-existent crime. This offense can be charged under Section 5 of the Criminal Law Act 1967 or Section 51 of the Police Act 1996.
Perverting the course of justice involves any action that obstructs, prevents or perverts the course of justice in a criminal investigation or legal proceedings. This can include giving false evidence, interfering with witnesses, or destroying or concealing evidence. This offense can be charged under Common Law or Section 1 of the Perjury Act 1911.
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