Police investigate elaborate hostage hoax

POLICE are investigating an elaborate hostage hoax which sent at least 20 armed officers to a south Sydney home, only to find no one was in distress.

Phones and computers were seized from the Arncliffe home where a shooting had been reported early Wednesday morning.

Police have confirmed they are investigating whether the hoax was part of a growing phenomenon known as "swatting".

A man has been released pending further investigations.