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Armley: Man ‘approached missing girl’, aged five

Police are appealing for information following an incident where a five-year-old girl went missing for a short time on her way to school in Armley.

The girl became separated from her mother as they were walking near to Armley Primary School, in Salisbury Terrace, at about 8.30am yesterday (Monday).

Her mother alerted school staff who searched the area and found the girl being brought back to school by her grandmother having returned to her home roughly half a mile away.

The girl said she had been approached by a male during the time she was missing. She described him as being white, with brown hair.

Acting Detective Inspector Amanda Wimbles, of Leeds District Safeguarding Unit, said:

“We are still in the process of getting details from the young girl involved and we are carrying out enquiries to clarify the circumstances around the male approaching her.

“We would like to hear from anyone who saw this five-year-old girl walking either alone or with this male between the school and the area around Stanningley Road at any point between 8.30am and 8.55am when she was found.

“We appreciate there may be an innocent explanation around the involvement of the male and we would also ask for that person to contact us so that we can resolve this matter.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Leeds District Safeguarding Unit via 101 quoting reference number 13180142279.


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