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Fake kidnapping stunt sparks police hunt

The Local · 24 Jul 2012, 07:32

Published: 24 Jul 2012 07:32 GMT+02:00

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Two women in the town of Borken, North Rhine-Westphalia, panicked when they saw two men wearing balaclavas bundle a tied-up woman into the back of their car.

They called the police and then followed the car, but soon lost it in traffic. Police launched a helicopter-led search for the battered green Opel Corsa that the women had described and issued a public plea for information, the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Hours later, a red-faced woman contacted the Borken police and told officers that she had “something to explain,” the paper said.

There had been no kidnapping - witnesses had seen them making a wedding gift for an engaged couple the group were friends with – a short film called “the stolen wedding gift.”

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10:52 July 24, 2012 by rosenthalenglish
What an utterly stupid stunt.Good that the two women reported it.What if it had been the real thing!These people should pay for the waste of police time.This is totally unacceptable.
12:09 July 24, 2012 by franconia
@ rosenthal fuddy duddy.Living in Germany should have familiarized you by now with all customs. Especially in Franconia and Bavaria, where they steal, or in your mind, kidnap the bride. The Groom has to find her and if he does not,a case(or 2) of beer as ransom and he can have her back. The two women in Borken were from another country? or Borken is not as Gemuetlich as Bavaria.
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