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A hapless would be kidnap gang has been arrested in Sofia, Bulgraria, after they made a string of bungles before they even snatched their first victim.

The three men rented a lock up garage in their own names and then used a police surplus shop - run by forner cops - to kit it out with cot beds, walkie talkies and second hand police uniforms.

"We were watching them for a month and they were so useless we thought it might be a TV prank show but they really meant to go ahead with it," said one senior officer.

Bulgaria's Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov: "They were amateurs but there could have been deadly consequences if they hadn't been stopped."

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