Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has today thanked police and partners for their help in finding a toddler.
The two-and-a-half year old went missing from the Newcastle branch of Primark on Wednesday afternoon.
She was found in the Gosforth area about two hours later.
Two girls, aged 13 and 14 from Tyneside, are both charged with the offence of kidnap/falsely imprison a person with intent to commit a relevant sexual offence and they are also accused of theft from two stores.
Earlier today, they appeared at Mid and South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court.
Vera Baird said: “None of us can imagine the distress the family and the toddler were going through. As Police and Crime Commissioner, I am proud of all our staff and partners who helped in the search.
“Partnership working has proven so effective – the police, retail staff, council employees and the transport network, Newcastle University and Nexus have delivered.
“Northumbria Police coordinated this operation quickly and effectively and enabled the toddler to be quickly tracked down and reunited with her mam.”
As Police and Crime Commissioner, part of Mrs Baird’s role is to hold the force to account when needed and to congratulate it when officers do a good job.
She added: “Clearly a good job was done by many and as the public’s representative for policing, I’m proud of how the North East came together at a difficult time.”