Police refute Online Citizen story that their officers accused a wheelchair-bound man of motorbike theft

SINGAPORE - An article published by The Online Citizen (TOC) alleging that police officers accused a wheelchair-bound man of motorcycle theft is false, police said.

The article "80-year-old wheelchair bound man accused of motorcycle theft by Singapore Police" published on Thursday (March 16), and allegations against the police officers are unfounded, according to a Facebook post by the police on Friday night.

The article said that a reader who wrote in to TOC related an incident where three police officers accused her 80-year-old father, who is wheelchair bound, of stealing the motorcycle of a newspaper delivery man.

Police clarified that they interviewed a wheelchair-bound man at his home as part of the investigations.

"He was never accused of being involved in any motor vehicle theft, nor was he asked to provide a statement at the police station," the Facebook post said.

"While we will investigate all allegations of misconduct, we will also not hesitate to take action against persons who deliberately make false allegations."

Police asked members of the public not to circulate unsubstantiated reports.

Correction note: This story has been edited for clarity.