Police in a small Spanish resort near Madrid have mounted a search of local buildings following the abduction of a British couple's pizza while they were looking after their baby child.
Mr. and Mrs Smith are said to be distraught. A friend of the couple told our reporter:
"They wish to stress that they were not negligent and can't be blamed. They admit they took their eye off the ball - or in this case the pizza - but it was only for five minutes when they left Sergio's Happy Eatery to change their daughter's nappy."
A spokesman for the police said that in addition to carrying out house to house searches, they will be testing the couple's hire car for mozarella stains, just in case the couple are responsible for the disappearance of their own pizza. A picture of the pizza - a large vegetarian one with green peppers and onions - will be placed at stations and airports within 50 miles. The Pope has also agreed to meet the couple next week.
Mr. Smith wrote on his Internet blog at www.pleasefindourpizza.com:
"I am sure our pizza is still out there somewhere and I beg whoever has taken it to return it to us."
However, police are warning them not to get their hopes raised. One officer told us:
"It is highly likely that whoever took the pizza has already eaten it."