Police trying to foil a kidnapping in Holland found they had instead blundered into an elaborate sex game.
Passers-by called police after seeing a young blonde woman being bundled into the back of a van in Brunssum.
Three men had roughly manhandled the struggling woman who was handcuffed, blindfolded, gagged and staggering on high heels in fishnet stockings.
Police scrambled a helicopter, motorbikes and squad cars - 22 officers in all - and tracked the van to the city of Heerlen some 20 miles away. There was a dramatic chase which ended in a police road block and the men being ordered to lie face down at gunpoint on the road.
Two of them were only half dressed and police feared the woman had been raped in the back of the van.
But when they untied her and took her gag off, she reportedly screamed: "You stupid b******s! I've
been trying to set this up for months! And now you've ruined it, just when it was getting interesting!"
The three male occupants, aged 36, 39 and 58 and all from Heerlen, were freed.
"We ascertained no crime was committed because this was a sexual fantasy that the 'victim' set up and was a willing participant in," said a police spokesman.
"We advised her next time to arrange to be kidnapped in her own home."