Kidnap reports in Preston were a false alarm

File photo dated 18/11/11 of police tape at a crime scene, as the Office for National Statistics said that there was a 16% fall in the number of crimes against households and adults in England and Wales in the year to June 2014. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday October 16, 2014. See PA story CRIME Figures. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
File photo dated 18/11/11 of police tape at a crime scene, as the Office for National Statistics said that there was a 16% fall in the number of crimes against households and adults in England and Wales in the year to June 2014. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday October 16, 2014. See PA story CRIME Figures. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
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Reports of a kidnapping in Preston turned out to be a dummy being delivered to a house.

Police said they were called on Monday night after being called by a “concerned and eagle eyed member of the public” who thought she had seen a kidnapping happening near UCLan.

But it turned out the ‘victim’ was in fact a dummy being delivered to the crime house belonging to the university, where students are taught forensics.

Preston Police said on Facebook the outcome was “A great relief to us all.”