|The child was abducted from a branch of Primark (Picture: North News)|
Two teenage girls have appeared in court charged with kidnapping a two-year-old with the intention of committing a sexual offence. The girls, aged 13 and 14 and from Tyneside, were also charged with shoplifting dummies, baby milk and a bottle.
The little girl was taken from a Primark store in Newcastle’s busy Northumberland Street on Wednesday afternoon. Once the alarm was raised, officers trawled through CCTV from the council, shops, Newcastle University, bus companies, the Metro and their own cameras.
According to The Sun they had made plans to kidnap a black child. She was found an hour and 45 minutes later following a major search around three miles away in Gosforth Central Park in north Newcastle.
The girls, who cannot be identified, appeared before South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court, sitting as a youth court, for a hearing which lasted over 30 minutes. They are both charged with kidnap ‘with the intention of committing a relevant sexual offence’ contrary to the Sexual Offences Act of 2003. They also face two counts of theft from a shop – dummies from Boots and the milk and bottle from a Sainsbury’s, all said to have been of an unknown value.
The alleged victim cannot be identified. No family members for the defendants or the alleged victim were in court.
District Judge Roger Elsey told them: ‘You appreciate that you are charged with very serious offences. ‘I understand that you are not admitting these offences and you are not convicted of them.’
He told them they must not discuss the case on social media.
The girls will appear before North Tyneside Youth Court on May 13. In the meantime they must not enter Newcastle city centre.
- Metro, UK