Tyne & Wear

Teenagers charged with Newcastle toddler kidnap

Primark in Newcastle
Image caption The child went missing from Primark in Northumberland Street

Two teenage girls have been charged with kidnapping a two-year-old child in central Newcastle.

The girl went missing from the Primark store in Northumberland Street shortly before 17:00 BST on Wednesday.

She was found just over an hour later, about three miles away in Gosforth.

Northumbria Police said two girls, aged 13 and 14, would appear at South East Northumberland Magistrates' Court on Friday, charged with shoplifting and kidnap.

The force said all local police resources were involved in the search for the child.

A spokesman said travel networks in the city were alerted and officers scoured CCTV footage from the council and shops in the area.

He added: "I would like to thank all of those involved for their help in finding this little girl and helping reunite her with her mother."

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