Cheshire Constabulary arrested a 35-year-old man for wasting police time alleging his hoax call led to an early hours search involving the force helicopter.
Officers acted on a call received at 12.17am today (Wednesday, July 11) giving rise to concerns for the well-being of a male in the Lodge Lane area of Saughall .
Police, fire and ambulance services launched a search operation for the individual involving the force helicopter.
Cheshire Constabulary spokesman Neil Bellis said: “It was quickly established, however, that the call was a hoax and a 35-year-old man was later arrested for wasting police time. He is currently in custody.”