A Bognor Regis man has been jailed for six weeks for wasting police time after he claimed he had been kidnapped.
Daniel Yates, 24, of Kestrel Court, pleaded guilty to wasting police time when he appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court today (November 6).
The court heard that Yates contacted a friend on Tuesday and implied he had been kidnapped.
The friend had phoned police to report it and an investigation into locating Yates subsequently revealed that he had made up the allegation.
He was arrested and charged. Yates has also been recalled to prison for breaching the terms of his licence on a previous assault charge.
Speaking after the case, Detective Chief Inspector Jason Taylor from Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said: “Kidnapping is a serious offence and a considerable number of police resources are used to try to safely recover anyone who has been taken.
“This case was no different and meant that officers and staff that could of been dealing with other matters were redirected to finding Yates.
“This was not only a waste of valuable police time and resources but a waste of public money.”