A COMMUNITY today relived the fear of believing a child snatcher was on the loose – as a mum-of-four was jailed for making up the claims.
Janine Wiles, 24, told police a man had tried to abduct her two-year-old daughter from the back garden of her home on Erdington Road, South Shore, on June 30 last year.
But it later emerged she had made up the claims.
Wiles was jailed for six months after Preston Crown Court heard her story sparked a 13-day manhunt, led to the arrests of two innocent men and cost £50,000 in police resources.
Today neighbours in the area spoke of their shock at the case.
One, who did not wish to be named, said: “I’m glad she has been jailed, she deserved it. What happened caused a lot of worry and upset for everyone.”
Another resident of nearby Bethesda Road said: “There was quite a high police presence for some time and people were keeping their children in and they were very nervous.
“There was a lot of upset so when everyone realised it was for nothing, they were angry.
“However I have since come to believe there may have been circumstances for Janine to genuinely believe something had happened, and none of us knows how we would react if we thought someone had tried to take our child.”
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