A massive police hunt for a ‘kidnap victim’ was launched after a man told his terrified girlfriend he was being held hostage – just so he could stay out partying!
Well, we never!
The investigation – which cost several thousands of pounds – saw officers raid a number of homes, trawl through CCTV footage and mobile phones and even arrest one man on suspicion of kidnap.
Hours after the police investigation started, officers found the man partying at a house in the early hours of Saturday morning.
He told the police it was a “wind up” before he was arrested and given a fixed penalty notice for wasting police time.
That’ll teach him!
The search started after the man's girlfriend became worried when she called her boyfriend's phone at 6.30pm on Friday night.
Another person answered the phone and told her that her other half would not be allowed home until he had paid a £50 debt.
A short time later, she received a text that said he would be home within the hour. But when she spoke to him again shortly afterwards, the boyfriend said he was being held against his will.
A number of houses in Bolton in the UK were searched before police found the man at a different house nearby.
Detective Inspector Jo Clawson, said, “The man’s girlfriend was absolutely beside herself with worry and genuinely concerned that he would come to harm.
“Considerable resources and time then went into finding this man, who it transpires made the entire thing up so he could stay out and party.
“This is without doubt one of the most foolish and irresponsible incidents I have been involved in.”
We’ve really heard it all now!