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Young girl 'possibly abducted' at fireworks display

The child, believed to be six or seven-years-old, was snatched in Manchester.

Police carried out searches of vehicles as they left the event.
Police carried out searches of vehicles as they left the event.

Manchester Police are investigating the possible abduction of a young girl from a fireworks display.

Detectives said the child, believed to be six or seven-years-old according to social media, may have been snatched from Heaton Park.

"I want people to know we are taking this report extremely seriously and are following all possible lines of inquiry, which may cause some disruption to people leaving the event this evening," said Superintendent Arif Nawaz of Greater Manchester Police.

"We need to be really clear about what has happened this evening so I'd ask that people refrain from speculating around the circumstances on social media as we follow our processes."

Police carried out searches of vehicles as they left the event with attendees on social media noting long delays as they exited the park.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, quoting reference number 2512 of November 5, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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