Three men have been issued fixed penalty notices for wasting police time following a foolish prank in Skegness, including a 20-year-old man from Sutton on Sea.
Police were contacted shortly after 9pm on Thursday November 13 by a member of staff at the Embassy Centre on Grand Parade, who reported having witnessed a man being assaulted and bundled into the back of a van.
As a matter of procedure, the incident was immediately treated as a potential kidnap, triggering a significant police response.
A short time later, the vehicle was traced and stopped and the occupants admitted having staged the entire incident as a prank.
The 20 year-old man from Sutton On Sea, a 21-year-old man from Skegness and a 22-year-old man from Carrington were all issued an £80 fixed penalty notice for wasting police time.
Superintendent Steve Taylor said: “Kidnap is an extremely serious offence and the police response to a report of this nature will be immediate and intensive, drawing on resources from many different departments and specialised policing units both within Lincolnshire and across the East Midlands Special Operations Unit region.
“The impact this has on our ability to deal with other incidents is significant, and I hope these three men will be reflecting this morning on the utter foolishness of their behaviour”.