Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'Kidnap Girls Used Sweets to Lure Tot' VICTIM AGED TWO WAS THE SECOND TODDLER TEENAGERS HAD TRIED TO SNATCH FROM NEWCASTLE'S PRIMARK

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'Kidnap Girls Used Sweets to Lure Tot' VICTIM AGED TWO WAS THE SECOND TODDLER TEENAGERS HAD TRIED TO SNATCH FROM NEWCASTLE'S PRIMARK

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Byline: MICHAEL MARSH Content Editor michael.marsh@ncjmedia.co.uk @MJ_Marsh

A DAZED dad whose two-year-old daughter was snatched in the Primark store kidnapping said the abductors used sweets to help lure her away.

The girls, of just 13 and 14, admitted a charge of kidnap after they walked off with the toddler and were only found an hour and a half later, three miles away, after their descriptions were circulated in a major police operation.

At a previous court hearing, details emerged of alarming internet searches about "rape" that police found on a computer.

A charge of kidnap with intent to commit a relevant sexual offence was discontinued by the Crown Prosecution Service, as the teenagers' pleas to the alternative kidnap charge Thankfully, were accepted.

police amazing the NEWCASTLE came Victim's The kidnapped child was reunited with her mother unharmed after the abductors were traced by CCTV camera operators from the store on Northumberland Street in Newcastle, on to the Metro system at ther Haymarket to South Gosforth Station and then along Gosforth High Street, into Gosforth Central Park.

They had also stolen dummies, baby milk and a bottle to use as part of their plan on April 13.

After the girls admitted the charges at a youth court hearing at North Shields, North Tyneside, the little girl's father said her mother will "never forget the guilt" of losing her.

As his daughter happily played around him, he said: "Her mother was on the phone and our daughter was in her pram.

"They offered her sweets, she was hysterical and they got her out and started playing with her around the shop."

He said his daughter was unharmed and unlikely to remember anything of the abduction. The kidnappers' guilty pleas still did not explain their motive, he said. "The question remains: what was their intention?" He also praised the operation to find his daughter, saying: "Thankfully, the police did an amazing job and the people of Newcastle as a city came together."

" At a previous youth court hearing in South East Northumberland in April, it was said that after the girls were arrested, a tablet computer was found containing searches for "rape", "people getting raped", "young people getting raped", "poor little thing getting kidnappedthe and raped". …

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