Woman jailed for falsely claiming to be victim of Asian grooming gang

A 22-year-old woman has been jailed after falsely claiming to have been the victim of an Asian grooming gang. Eleanor Williams, of Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, was sentenced at Preston Crown Court on Tuesday after making a series of false rape allegations. In a Facebook post in May 2020, which was shared more than 100,000 times, she described being beaten, abused and trafficked by Asian men. She also posted pictures of her injuries but the court heard that she had caused them to herself, with a hammer. In January, a jury found Williams guilty of eight counts of doing acts tending and intended to pervert the course of justice. She pleaded guilty to a ninth count at an earlier hearing.