Manchester man fakes his own kidnapping so he can stay out partying and avoid going home to his girlfriendBy Mason White 12:31 PM August 27, 2014
By: Aarav Sen
A man caused a large scale police search by faking his own kidnapping so he could party with his friends undisturbed, police in the United Kingdom said.
Greater Manchester Police said that the 32-year-old man claimed that he was being held hostage, and his abductor would only release him if he was paid 50 pounds (1 pound = $1.66).
When his girlfriend heard about the kidnapping she freaked out. She called the police after speaking with the alleged kidnapper on the phone and receiving a series of text messages.
However, her boyfriend was actually having fun at a party in Bolton, in the early hours of the morning.
More than a dozen officers conducted house to house searches, checked surveillance cameras and analyzed cellular tower data in an attempt to find the man.
A man was even arrested on suspicion of being behind the kidnapping. He was released after telling police that it was just a prank in order to allow his friend to stay out longer.
Police eventually located the man at 1:30 a.m. A police spokesperson said that the man was “lucky” not to have been charged.
Officers decided not to waste more public money and police resources. The man was given a fixed penalty notice for wasting police time and a criminal history was created.