'Kidnapping victim' contacts police to say he is safe and well

A man who police feared was kidnapped when he appeared to have been bundled into the car has turned out to be safe and well.

Officers shared a photo of the supposed victim after CCTV footage seemed to show him being forced into the boot of a Volkswagen car in Alum Rock Road, Birmingham.

Police appealed for help identifying the man, the car and the three alleged kidnappers.

However they have now said that the 21-year-old "victim" has got in touch to say he is OK.

He told West Midlands Police that there were no sinister motives, however officers are now making follow-up enquiries to make sure this is true.

A force spokesman thanked members of the public for responding to the appeal.

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