A man has been arrested on suspicion of the abduction and sexual assault of a six-year-old girl in Greater Manchester.
Police believe the youngster was snatched in Warne Avenue, Droylsden, at around 4pm on Wednesday, before being led down a path towards a football field and allegedly assaulted.
She was reunited with her family a short time later and is receiving support from specialist officers.
A 23-year-old man was arrested on Friday and is being questioned in custody by Greater Manchester Police.
#UPDATE | This morning, a 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of the abduction & sexual assault of a 6 year old girl in Droylsden on Wednesday evening. Anyone with information should contact officers on 0161 856 9262 or LiveChat quoting incident 2270 of 17/08. pic.twitter.com/wKRcODzt55
— Greater Manchester Police (@gmpolice) August 19, 2022
Speaking in Warne Avenue on Thursday, Detective Superintendent Richard Hunt said: “What I can say, he’s obviously grabbed a child, and what I would say to members of the public is that they need to be extra vigilant.
“A child was playing in this area and a chap who was hanging around has taken a child and thankfully within a few minutes we’ve got her back.
“Parents need to consider the circumstances of what I have mentioned and I would suggest they need to be extra vigilant with their children whilst we progress this as quickly as possible.”