Teenager arrested after ‘girl, 12, snatched on way to school’

A teenager has been arrested by detectives investigating the abduction of a 12-year-old girl as she walked to school in Leeds.

The 18-year-old has been arrested and is currently in police custody following the incident in Hunslet, Leeds

The schoolgirl was allegedly grabbed around the waist and taken to a secluded wooded area in Hunslet at around 9.15am on April 23.

She managed to fight back and flee but was left “shocked and upset”.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman confirmed this morning an 18-year-old man had been arrested.

In a statement, they said: “The 18-year-old, from Leeds, was arrested yesterday in connection with the incident in Old Run Road, Hunslet, on Tuesday, April 23.

“He remains in custody and enquiries are ongoing.

Police yesterday described it as a “very disturbing” incident as they appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

Detective Inspector James Entwistle, of Leeds District CID, said: “The circumstances of this incident are clearly very disturbing.

“The victim and her family have been left shocked and upset by what happened and we are continuing to support them as we progress the investigation.

We recognise the understandable concern that an incident such as this will be causing in the community and we are continuing to work closely with our colleagues in the local neighbourhood policing team to reassure people.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 quoting crime reference 13190207155 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.