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Video pranksters warned by police in Gravesham

PUBLISHED: 10:51 03 September 2014 | UPDATED: 10:52 03 September 2014

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But one of the videos stars says he doesn't understand what the problem is

Pranksters in Gravesham have been warned by police, after pretending to kidnap people before throwing them out of cars.

One of the men, who stars in the footage is Danial Jarvis. He describes himself on his Twitter page as a comedian, film maker and gangster. He told the Gravesend Reporter that he isn’t sure why such a big fuss is being made about the video.

He said: “A lot of policemen have watcdhed my videos and told me they’re really funny, so I don’t understand why anyone is complaining about them now.

“I only do it to make people laugh and we’ve done loads of these videos and have never had any problems before now.”

One video shows two men driving around in a blue Audi, before their hostage climbs out of its boot wrapped in cut tape. Passers by, shocked at the sight, run to help the young man, calling police on their phones.

But despite Mr Jarvis saying the videos are harmless, police have criticised the stunt, saying that it caused alarm amongst members of the public, and that this type of practical joke can lead to police time being diverted from real crimes.

Gravesham district commander, Chief Inspector Simon Alland, said: “On this occasion we were aware of the prank and had briefed our officers and circulated a description of those involved to ensure they knew it was not an emergency.

“However, it caused concern and worry to members of the public who witnessed it and rightfully believed it was a realistic situation that needed emergency services.

“Thankfully, this sort of thoughtless activity is rare, but it does needlessly raise fear of crime and can cause those unfortunate enough to witness it great distress. It can also monopolise our phone lines, take attention away from genuine emergency incidents and waste police time.

“While we wouldn’t want to stop people having fun, I would advise against any pranks which cause fear, alarm or distress to others, or divert the emergency services from being available to deal with real incidents.’

The YouTube video was made by a group of Gravesham youths. The young man shown being kidnapped is Daniel Jarvis, who describes himself as a comedian, film maker and gangster (sic) on his Twitter page.

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