A 13 year old girl and her 14 year old friend have been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a toddler from a city centre Primark store and were taken in for questioning.
The three-year-old girl was with her mother in the store when she disappeared from the store in Newcastle city centre at around 5pm on Wednesday evening.
The Police were called in, search for the toddler started immediately, they wetn through the store’s CCTV and saw that she had left the store with two teenage girls she did not know.
Looking through all the available CCTVs from Newcastle City Council, local shops, Newcastle University, bus companies, the metro and their own cameras the little girl was eventually found nearly three miles away and over an hour later in Gosforth, north Newcastle, by a police officer.
Chief Inspector Dave Gould said:
“Thankfully the child was quickly located by officers and then reunited with her mother.”This has been an incredibly distressing time for the girl’s family and specialist officers are working with and supporting the family. “We mobilised all available local police resources to make sure the girl was found as quickly as possible and also included assistance from the public, and many of our partner agencies including Newcastle local authority and university as well as staff from retail premises, bus companies, train station and metro system.
“I would like to thank all of those involved for their help in finding this little girl and helping reunite her with her mother.
“Our enquiries will now continue to establish the circumstances of what happened and speaking to the two teenage girls in custody regarding the incident.”
Source: UK Mirror