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Man, 23, arrested on suspicion of abduction and sexual assault of girl, 6, in Tameside

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 19th August 2022

A man has been arrested on suspicion of abduction and sexual assault of a six-year-old girl.

The 23-year-old has been arrested following a CCTV appeal from GMP.

The child was abducted in Droylsden and was taken to a wooded area near a disused railway track.

Detectives believe the girl was taken by a man on Warne Avenue into the woods.

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She was thankfully reunited with her family a short while later, and her ‘immense bravery’ has been praised by officers.

Officers also arrested a 35-year-old man on Wednesday evening on suspicion of abduction and sexual assault, who was later released with no further action taken.

A statement from GMP this morning confirmed: “This morning, a 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of abduction & sexual assault of a 6 year old girl in Droylsden on Wednesday evening.

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“The man remains in custody for questioning. Information can be shared through LiveChat quoting incident 2270 of 17/08.”

Detective Superintendent Richard Hunt, of GMP’s Ashton CID, said yesterday: “I’d like to commend the victim for her immense bravery in assisting police officers with our investigation, she is receiving support from specialist officers and partners at this really distressing time.

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“Extensive enquiries are ongoing with significant resources and I would like to reassure the community and as a precautionary measure we have extra police officers and PCSOs out and about.

“At this time it does appear to be an isolated incident, but I’ll stress again how keen we are to find the person responsible and bring them to justice as soon as we can.”

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