Former SAS soldiers faked the kidnap of a senior partner in an accountancy firm while shocked colleagues watched in horror, reports today’s Daily Mirror.
The ‘kidnapping’ at the Celtic Manor Hotel at Newport, South Wales, was all part of a team-building exercise organised by Pilgrim Resources from the SAS’s home city of Hereford.
Company executives of the accountancy firm thought that they were attending a black-tie dinner when six men burst through false windows into the hotel conference suite, firing sub-machine guns (loaded with blanks) over the diners heads.
The 250 guests were plunged into darkness whilst around them gunfire and flares exploded.
Four of the six-man team continued to fire over the heads of the diners whilst the other two ‘snatched’ the firm’s senior partner.
Two of the diners had previously been identified as having medical conditions which might be upset by the exercise and they were pulled out of the room prior to the staged event on the pretext of having phone calls to take.
After the kidnap, the exercise continued with a mission to rescue the partner and defuse a nuclear bomb.