A man has been fined for wasting police time after he told his girlfriend he had been kidnapped when in fact he he had been out all night partying at a friend's house in Bolton.
Greater Manchester Police said in a statement:
The following day police located the man, who told officers it was a "wind up" and was promptly issued with a fixed penalty notice.
One man had even been arrested on suspicion of kidnap.
“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," detective inspector Jo Clawson said.