‘I did it myself’ confesses stabbed lorry driver cautioned by police after claiming he had been attacked in Cambs lay by

16:28 15 July 2014

Archant

A lorry driver who sparked a large police investigation after claiming he had been stabbed in a Haddenham lay by, has been cautioned for wasting police time.

The 45-year-old, from Peterborough, called police on the morning of April 1 reporting that he had been stabbed in an unprovoked random attack by a stranger in a lay by in Haddenham.

An investigation was launched to find the knifeman.

However, detectives became suspicious that the injuries were self-inflicted and carried out a number of forensic tests.

The ‘victim’ was interviewed and admitted to having caused the injuries himself.

Last week he was cautioned for ‘causing the wasteful employment of police’, he must also undergo a series of counselling sessions as part of the caution.

Detective Constable Mark Beaven said: “This was a thorough and lengthy investigation which not only involved uniformed and CID officers, but also staff from the ambulance service, hospital and scenes of crime.

“It took up a large amount of time and resources which would have been better used elsewhere.

“Hopefully this will reassure the community that there is not a violent suspect at large in the area and also shows the lengths we go to solve such incidents.”

More news stories

Yesterday, 10:59
Undated handout photo issued by Cambridgeshire Police of Deborah Steel. Photo: Cambridgeshire Police/PA Wire

Police are excavating an area of the patio outside the Royal Standard pub, in Ely, today as part of the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of former landlady Deborah Steel.

Yesterday, 08:43
Ely Museum

Ely Museum has “ambitious plans” for expansion in the coming years, the City of Ely Council says.

Yesterday, 17:32
Clive Howard.

A “sexual predator” who raped a student in a Norwich car park and admitted a series of attacks on women spanning almost 30 years has been sentenced to life in prison.

Yesterday, 16:23
Margaret Bodger

An 80-year-old woman from King’s Lynn is missing and police believe she may be in the Wisbech or Peterborough area.

Most read stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ely Standard e-edition today E-edition