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Teenage girls arrested following 'abduction' of three-year-old girl from shop in Newcastle

The incident happened yesterday afternoon at about 5pm.

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TWO TEENAGE GIRLS have been arrested by police following the alleged abduction of a three-year-old girl from a store in Newcastle, England, yesterday afternoon.

The incident happened at a branch of Primark (the UK brand of Penneys) on Northumberland Street in Newcastle at about 4.55pm.

It was quickly established that the girl had left the store with two teenage girls that she did not know.

An extensive search was carried out in the aftermath with specialist search personnel enlisted, while travel networks and CCTV footage from nearby shops were also consulted.

The toddler was located about an hour later several miles away in the Gosforth area.

The two girls involved in the incident, aged 13 and 14, were subsequently arrested on suspicion of child abduction.

“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,” said Chief Inspector Dave Gould of Northumbria Police.

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.

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