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Man 'fakes kidnap' to avoid going home to girlfriend

Police found the man at a party on Bolton's Shurmer St
Police found the man at a party on Bolton's Shurmer St Credit: ITV

A man from Bolton faked his own kidnap so he could stay out drinking and avoid going home to his girlfriend.

Last night, the 32-year-old arranged for someone to tell his partner that he had been kidnapped for ransom against a debt. The boyfriend then spoke directly to her, claiming he was being held against his will.

She called police, who launched a rescue operation - checking various addresses, trawling through CCTV camera footage, and tracing his phone signal.

Detectives arrested a man on suspicion of kidnap, before he revealed it was a "ruse" so the boyfriend could go to a party.

The supposed "victim" was eventually tracked to a party on the town's Shurmer Street in the early hours of this morning. He insisted it was a "wind-up". Officers arrested him, issuing an on-the-spot fine for wasting police time.

The 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.

This is without doubt one of the most foolish and irresponsible incidents I have been involved in.

– Detective Inspector Jo Clawson, Greater Manchester Police


Police show off their rainbow credentials ahead of Manchester Pride

The Rainbow flag accompanies the GMP badge.
The Rainbow flag accompanies the GMP badge. Credit: PA

Greater Manchester Police has put a rainbow flag on it's Twitter account picture to celebrate this weekend's Manchester Pride.


We've updated our avatar in celebration of #ManchesterPride this weekend. We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable weekend!

Click here to find out more about Manchester Pride.

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