A MUSLIM woman who claimed she was assaulted for wearing a hijab days after the Paris attacks has been fined after CCTV footage proved she had made the whole thing up.
The 18-year-old student, known only as Miss Choudhury... told police and the media in the wake of November's Paris attacks that she was knocked to the floor by a hooded man while wearing a hijab in Birmingham city centre. She said she was violently shoved from behind and punched in the face.
The teenager told detectives she thought she was targeted on November 23 because she was wearing Islamic headwear. But police, who treated it as a hate crime, found no evidence of the attack after spending hours trawling through CCTV footage in and around New Street where the assault allegedly took place.
Commenting on the inquiry, Superintendent Andy Parsons, of West Midlands Police, said: "Detectives spent countless hours looking through footage from the network of city centre CCTV cameras in a bid to piece together what happened. The footage shows her walking normally along New Street and at no stage does she appear in distress. There is no evidence she was physically assaulted and she was given a penalty notice for wasting police time."
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