A VEHICLE believed to have been involved in a suspected kidnapping was pulled over in Sedgemoor - only for police to discover the 'victim' was a groom on his stag party.

Officers were called after a mum and her 14-year-old daughter spotted a man being tied up and bundled into the boot of a car in Gloucestershire.

Following the alert, a vehicle was eventually pulled over by junction 24 of the M5 just before 1.30pm on Friday, when the full story emerged.

Inspector Arman Mathieson, of Gloucestershire Constabulary, said the men had been told to apologise to the "shaken up" mother and daughter.

He said: "We received a call from a woman who had seen four men with tights covering their faces carrying a tied up man and bundling him roughly into a car.

"At around 1.30pm the vehicle was stopped by Avon and Somerset police at junction 24 of the M5, when it was established it was a 'prank' as part of a stag party.

"While we could arrest the people involved in the stag party for various offences, we feel the best course of action might be for them to apologise to the mother and daughter who witnessed this and who were very shaken up by what happened.”

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset police said: "While this may have been considered a harmless prank a significant police response was unnecessarily diverted through heavy traffic and adverse weather to attend this incident.