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Manchester sisters missing overnight found

Two sisters who sparked a major search after going missing overnight from a Manchester park have been found "safe and well", police have said.

The girls, aged eight and 11, went missing from Whitworth Park, close to where they live in Rusholme, at about 20:00 BST on Sunday.

Officers said they were found in a derelict house close to their home.

A 14-year-old girl who had also been reported missing was spotted and led them there, police said.

Greater Manchester Police said an officer saw the teenager, who was believed to have been with the sisters, walking on Richmond Grove and she took them to the house at about 11:20 BST.

The girls were taken to a local police station to be interviewed.

Police have not said where the two girls spent the night and added that they are speaking to everyone involved to find out what happened.

'Fraught with worry'

Ch Supt Rob Potts said: "The most important thing is that the girls have been found safe and well.

"We understood that the sisters were with another missing girl, and officers were given descriptions of all three.

"I would like to praise the actions of the police officer involved, who acted quickly and noticed the girl matching the description.

"We are speaking to all three to fully establish what happened and will be continuing to work with partner agencies."

Officers had earlier said they were pulling out all the stops to find the sisters and the family was "fraught with worry".

The two girls live with their parents just a few hundred yards from the entrance to the park.

It is understood they were playing near the park gates where they could be seen by adults at the house.

Neighbours in the road - which is mainly occupied by students - described them as happy little girls who loved to play.

Nikolay Poyukov, 22, a business student at Salford University, said: "They often play together in the street quite happily.

"I didn't realise they were missing but I could hear the police helicopter over the park all night.

"Their parents must have been very worried."

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