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Three arrested after girl, 14, 'abducted' in Manningham
Detectives are investigating claims that a vulnerable teenage girl was abducted and assaulted.
A children’s play area and a ginnel remained sealed off by police yesterday after reports that the 14-year-old girl had been snatched from the playground in Manningham, Bradford.
It is understood the matter was reported to police by the girl’s father, when she failed to return home, just before 11pm on Sunday.
Officers found the girl at a house in Carlisle Place. Two men and a woman were arrested at the house and remained in custody last night.
The girl had no significant physical injuries and did not need hospital treatment. It is not clear whether she had been subjected to a sexual assault.
She was spoken to by specially trained police officers and was being reunited with her family.
A man and a woman, both aged 19, from the house are being held on suspicion of abduction, while a 26-year-old man is detained on suspicion of abduction and assault.
It is understood that language difficulties have hampered the police investigation.
Residents living around nearby Libby Street and Lister View woke to find police had cordoned off the fenced playpark and a grassy area near their homes.
Two officers stood guard at the park while another was positioned at the end of an alleyway running down its opposite side at the back of Carlisle Place.
Neighbours said they had not heard or seen anything suspicious until noticing the blue and white tape, and staff at the Islamic Relief Charity shop close by and other surrounding fast-food shops were equally puzzled by the police presence.
One man said: “Everybody is coming in to the shop asking what happened?
“Everyone wants to know but nobody knows a thing for definite.
“The police won’t tell us, they are staying tight-lipped.”