Friday, August 10, 2012

Couple sparked a major police search after claiming their three-year-old daughter had gone missing so they could get a free lift home

More than 40 police officers were drafted in after the pair, who were on a seaside day trip to Hornsea, East Yorkshire, and had spent all their cash on drink, said the girl had disappeared from the beach.

After a major hunt involving Humberside Fire and Rescue, Humber Coastguard and volunteers from Hornsea Inshore Rescue, it emerged that the couple, who had travelled from Hull, did not even have a daughter.

Humberside Police said all available units were told to attend after it was reported that the youngster had been missing for five hours. Officers also requested police and RAF helicopters were called in, but low cloud prevented them from joining the search, and local hospitals were contacted.

However, the hunt was called off several hours later after a taxi driver who took the couple from Hull to Hornsea told police they did not have a child with them. The pair eventually admitted they fabricated the story after they spent their return cab fare drinking in the town. Read More