THE investigation into an alleged rape on a 14-year-old girl has closed after the allegation prove false, police have confirmed.

The girl told officers she was raped by a man in his late teens on October 2 in an alleyway between Lukin Crescent and Withy Mead in Chingford.

It was reported she was followed up Larkshall Road by three men, then grabbed and raped by one of them, while the other two kept watch.

Police made enquiries to establish the exact circumstances of the alleged attack but found the incident never happened.

Three youths, one aged 17 and two aged 16, were arrested in connection with the allegation.

No further action will now be taken against them, a police spokeswoman confirmed.