DETECTIVES investigating an alleged rape in York now say it never happened.

Last week, North Yorkshire Police said a woman in her twenties had been attacked on a footpath near the University of York in the early hours of Friday, May 13, as she walked behind the Heslington campus.

On Wednesday, a police spokeswoman said the woman had since confirmed to officers "that the events reported did not happen", and "no further action will be taken in this case".

The spokeswoman said: "Police take all reports of rape and sexual assault seriously and will carry out a full investigation as well as providing support from specially trained officers and partner agencies.

"The investigating officers were extremely pleased with the response from the public and students following the media appeal and thank everyone for coming forward to assist the investigation. We encourage the public to continue to support investigations in this way."

Victims of sexual crime are urged to phone police on 101, or 999 in an emergency.

If you prefer not to speak to the police, you can call Bridge House, North Yorkshire’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 01904 669339.