A British man allegedly claimed he was being held hostage so he could stay out late partying over the weekend.
The 32-year-old man told his girlfriend that he was being held captive and would only be released when he paid a 50 pound debt.
He was in fact at a house party outside Manchester until the wee hours of the morning.
A detective told Sky News the hoax was “one of the most foolish and irresponsible incidents” she ever experienced.
His girlfriend was “beside herself” after the alleged kidnapper spoke to her on the phone.
The claim sparked a mass police search for the man. Authorities went from door from door making inquiries, and CCTV and mobile phone data were scoured to locate the man.
A man was taken into custody for suspicion of kidnapping, when he admitted to the ruse. He allegedly lied to his friend’s girlfriend so he could stay out late.
Greater Manchester Police located the alleged victim at a party shortly before 1:30 a.m. Saturday.
“The man's girlfriend was absolutely beside herself with worry and genuinely concerned that he would come to harm,” Det. Inspector Jo Clawson said. “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,” she said. “Significant resources were taken off the front line on a Friday night, which is without exception one of the busiest times of the week.”
The man was not charged. He was given a fixed penalty notice for wasting police resources.
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