Couple sparked police search after inventing missing three-year-old daughter
RAF helicopters were also drafted in, but low cloud prevented them from launching a search. Eventually it was discovered they never had a child with them, when a taxi driver told the police he had taken them from Hull to Hornsea in his cab.
The conniving pair eventually confessed to making up the story in order to get a lift home as they had spent their return fare on booze.
A Humberside Police neighbourhood policing team told reporters: "Realising they had insufficient funds to get home, they made up the story about the missing child in the hope it would get them a free lift home courtesy of ourselves.
"The mentality of these people beggars belief, diverting precious and finite police resources away from areas where there may well have been a genuine need for them.
"It transpired the couple did not actually have any children - probably a blessed relief as you could hardly call them fit and proper parents."
Hornsea Inshore Rescue who sent a team of volunteers to help find the child said it was 'frustrating' and that they hoped the couple 'learned their lesson'.
A warrant has been issued for the 37-year-old man's arrest after he failed to appear at Beverley Magistrates court on a charge of wasting police time. The 20-year-old woman admitted wasting police time and accepted a caution.
What an unbelievably STUPID thing to do.