Police deployed to search for man who claimed he was 'trapped in tent bag at T In The Park'

Scott Johnston said his phone was running out of battery

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Police have been deployed at a Scottish music festival to search for a man who claims he was trapped in a tent bag.

Scott Johnston from Ayr in the West of Scotland tweeted at the official festival account to claim he had been trapped by friends as a joke.

"hi im somewhere in green 7 someone has packed me into a tent bag fr a joke and I can't get out I don't have much better left," he said.

Police Scotland contacted Mr Johnston, telling him that officers were searching to find him.

After over an hour of silence Mr Johnston tweeted again that his friends had freed him and let him out.

"Never been happier to see the rain," he said.

Police appeared unable to verify whether the man's claim was true and continued to ask for him to contact them.

However, the Daily Record newspaper later reported Mr Johnston as saying he had sent the tweet "for a laugh" and wasn't even at the festival at the time the tweet was sent.

“I don’t feel bad about it. I can’t stop laughing," the newspaper quoted him as saying.

But the man's Twitter account then tweeted that he had given the newspaper a friend's phone number and that he had not spoken to them.

A Police Scotland spokesperson told the Independent that they were now satisfied that the man was safe and said that there was no ongoing rescue operation.