Tyne & Wear

Newcastle Primark abduction case girls to go on trial

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

Two teenage girls are to go on trial charged with kidnapping a toddler in Primark with the intention of committing a sexual offence.

The two-year-old girl went missing from the store in Northumberland Street in Newcastle city centre shortly before 17:00 BST on 13 April.

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

The girls, aged 13 and 14, appeared before a youth court in North Tyneside. They are due to go on trial on 7 June.

Dummies and baby milk

Neither entered any pleas and they were remanded into local authority care.

The pair are charged with kidnap "with the intention of committing a relevant sexual offence" contrary to the Sexual Offences Act of 2003.

They are also charged with two counts of theft - dummies from a Boots store and baby milk and a bottle from Sainsbury's.

District Judge Roger Elsey told the hearing they would also face a separate charge of kidnap, this being without the sexual intent.

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