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Man arrested on suspicion of child abduction after teenager search

A man has been arrested on suspicion of child abduction after a search was launched for a missing teenager.

The 14-year-old was eventually found safe and well in the Middlesbrough area.

Cleveland Police said they had arrested a 26-year-old man after working through the night.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Darren Best said: "I'm pleased to say that we have found the missing 14-year-old girl safe and well in the Middlesbrough area and I would like to thank the media and members of the public for their overwhelming support in appealing for information.

"Our detectives have worked tirelessly overnight and through the early hours to find her using a number of tactics and no stone was left unturned. Every officer on patrol has been aware of the search for this girl.

"A 26-year-old man from outside the Cleveland area has been arrested this morning on suspicion of child abduction and he is in police custody facing questioning.

"This is now a criminal investigation and we are offering this girl support alongside partner agencies."

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