A SCHOOLBOY has apologised for wasting police time after falsely claiming he was the target of a kidnapping attempt as he walked to school in Cradley Heath.

The boy has been warned by police over his actions after he had alleged that two masked men had tried to drag him into a van in Garratts Lane on Monday October 4.

A school in the area sent out an alert to parents, which was circulated on social media.

West Midlands Police investigated the claim to discover the allegation was made up.

Officers had arranged to speak with the boy and his mother.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said: "Following further investigation, it emerged the allegation was made up.

"The boy has since apologised and has been warned about the concerns such a false report has caused along with wasting police time."