SHOCKED residents have said they were left puzzled after police knocked on their doors asking about a reported kidnap.

Officers went from door to door over the weekend asking questions to residents after a 42-year-old man reported his own kidnap to police – saying he was forced into a vehicle in Headington in broad daylight.

Thames Valley Police say it happened on Holyoake Road at about 3pm on Wednesday and the victim, who wasn’t hurt, was dropped off by the same group the next day – when he called the police.

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Residents on the ‘very quiet street’ have been left shocked at the dramatic report, which was given to them by an officer in a shirt and tie at the weekend.

One man, who wanted to remain anonymous, told the police he had been working from home at his desk all day on Wednesday but hadn’t heard anything that sounded ‘significant’.

He said: “A police officer came to my door and he wasn’t in uniform – just wearing a shirt and tie and blue gloves. He showed me his name badge on a lanyard and said he was with Thames Valley Police.

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“He said he was investigating a kidnap, something that happened on Wednesday, and that a man had been forced into the back of a four door car. He said it was unusual for the street but couldn’t tell me any more details. It could have happened between 3pm and 5pm in the afternoon.

“There was a little bit of construction work going on so occasionally there are bangs but there was nothing else significant I heard.”

He added: “It’s a nice little residential street, it is a pretty quiet road and lots of families. It’s unusual for a street like this to have something so exciting happen. People are definitely shocked.

“I could hear the police officer going up and down the street and I think the consensus from what I heard was that nobody had seen or heard anything either.”

Anybody with information should call police on 101 quoting 43200142609.