Man's front door bricked up as he sleeps

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The damage could be costly

A man in central Germany tried to leave his house by the front door only to find a brick wall there.

Unidentified perpetrators in Mainhausen near Offenbach had bricked it up during the night, police told local media.

It could have been built within minutes, they said, and the motive is unclear - possibly a joke, an act of revenge, or a bet.

Police are searching for several people. The damage to the property is estimated at €500 (£425).

"It reminded me of the building of the Berlin Wall," a police spokesman told the local Hessenshau news portal (in German).

"That went up pretty quickly, too."

But he added: "It's a crime and no joke."

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