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A man was left red-faced after dashing out of his home stark naked to chase a white van man he believed had abducted his niece - only to discover it was a false alarm.
Nude Nathan Murphy sprang into action after his family heard what they thought was 11-year-old Lucy screaming and a van screeching off.
The have-a-go hero was so fuelled with adrenaline that as he raced outside, his legs buckled as he tried to pull open the door of his dad's car to give chase.
But his panic turned to embarrassment when little Lucy walked past him to the front door - and dad-of-two Nathan, 29, realised nothing was amiss.
Nathan's dad, retired bricklayer Michael, 64, has now shared the hilarious CCTV footage of the incident on Facebook.
The video has since racked up nearly 500,000 views and more than 14,000 likes, shares and comments.
Nathan, from North Ormesby, Middlesbrough, said: "I'd been asleep and as I was waking up all I heard was screaming.
"I opened the window and thought someone had been run over or was getting stabbed or something.
"I jumped up out the bed, tried to find my clothes and I ended up just grabbing a t-shirt thinking it was my bottoms and I flew downstairs.
"When I was on the front I heard 'kidnap' and thought, 'Wow, this is serious'.
"I'm a big lad, I'm 18 stone, but I can move when I need to and because the adrenaline was rushing through me I went weak in the legs and I just fell over.
"My dad's car doors lock automatically when someone gets in, so I got up and started screaming for him to let me in because I was naked and half the street was out looking.
"As I got in the car I saw Lucy come round the corner, so I got out and that's when the embarrassment kicked in.
"I felt stupid and was thinking, 'I hope one of the mothers don't report me' because all their kids had seen my downstairs and I didn't want to be put on some register."
The mix-up happened when Nathan's sister, full-time mum Natalie Murphy, believed she'd heard banging and cries of 'mum' that sounded like daughter Lucy as a van stopped nearby.
CCTV footage shows horrified mum-of-four Natalie wailing "That's our Lucy'"and running into the road.
Nathan can be heard demanding to know what was going on before accidentally grabbing his t-shirt instead of his trousers and dashing outside in the buff to make chase.
After a full-nude faceplant, dad Michael can be seen letting him into the car as Natalie, 40, shouts "She's here".