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Birthday 'prank' sends police on runaround

TT/The Local · 10 Jun 2010, 07:03

Published: 10 Jun 2010 07:03 GMT+02:00

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Four-five masked men surrounded a tax in the Klockartorpet residential area of the city on Wednesday evening, dragged the driver out of his cab and dumped him in the boot of a car and speeding away from the scene.

Shocked onlookers immediately called the police.

"Granted it was the end of term but we decided to take the alarm seriously," said Jan-Erik Fors at Norrköping police.

Police proceeded to spend several hours searching for the taxi and calling around all of the taxi firms in the city. In the end they were able to locate the offending vehicle.

It all turned out to have been an elaborate practical joke and the would-be kidnappers were in fact the man's friends who had come up with the idea to toy with him.

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"It was a joke and that was nice to find out, but it was a bad joke," said Jan-Erik Fors.

The mischievous pranksters expressed profound regret after the incident but no legal sanction is set to befall them after police saw the funny side of the unfortunate mix-up.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

12:01 June 10, 2010 by adnans
"It was a joke and that was nice to find out, but it was a bad joke," was it really ??
18:16 June 10, 2010 by Audrian
I do not think this should be allowed unpunished for the simple reason that cops might think it is a prank when real crime is committed..
18:31 June 10, 2010 by mark.dubeau
That's the difference. If the police saw they meant no harm and that they ran checks on the men in question then why should be punished? They were friends. See, that's the difference between people, they see the humor and non-erroneous side of life, you see the shut-in, scared to live life without helmet side. In America, it probably would have made national news and the guys would be in jail, yet meant no ill intention.
15:46 June 11, 2010 by free range cheese
If anything the pranksters should at least have to reimburse the police department for the expenses incurred during the investigation and search.
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