Ex East-Enders actor Ross 'The Real Deal' Kemp was reported missing today whilst filming Ross Kemp On Gangs in Salford.
A distraught production assistant who declined to be named for fear of reprisals said:
'We tried to warn Ross that this was probably a bridge too far. I mean, we'd done Rio, and LA, and London, and Romania, and Moscow too, but a lot of the team felt that Salford was just pushing the envelope a bit too far.
'Ross went out to speak to a character from a well known local family and just disappeared. Simple as that. We haven't had a ransom note yet and quite frankly we don't know if he's alive or dead.
'I would appeal to anybody out there that if they're holding Ross, could they please release him and we'll say no more about it.'
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: 'The daft twat should have known that something like this was bound to happen. There's no point in coming to us for help either, we avoid the place whenever possible.'