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Man fakes his own kidnapping to stay out partying, causes police manhunt

What a catch.

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A 32-year-old man in Bolton, England, wanted to stay out partying all night so told his girlfriend he had been kidnapped.

According to the Greater Manchester Police report, the man’s girlfriend called him at 6.30pm on Friday but was told by a different person that her boyfriend was being held until he paid a debt of £50.

The panicked woman reported the incident to the police. A dozen police launched a full manhunt, including door to door enquiries and checking CCTV and mobile records. A man was even arrested on suspicion of the kidnapping until police were told during a house search that the missing boyfriend was at a nearby party.

He was found at 1.20am (so much for the sesh) and arrested for wasting police time.

Detective Inspector Jo Clawson said it was “one of the most foolish and irresponsible incidents” she has ever been involved in.

The man’s girlfriend was absolutely beside herself with worry and genuinely concerned that he would come to harm. Rightfully, based on what she knew at the time, the matter was reported to police. 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.

The man hasn’t been charged because putting together evidence and going through the court would cost the taxpayer.

We feel we have wasted enough time and resources on him already and not only has he been fined, this matter will be recorded as a criminal conviction on his record.

DOH.

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