Man arrested in connection with alleged abduction of UK toddler to Spain 9 months ago

Man arrested in connection with alleged abduction of UK toddler to Spain

Police had launched an urgent appeal for the child last Friday.

A man who was wanted by police in connection with the alleged abduction of a two-year-old girl from Lancashire has been arrested.

Police arrested the 39-year-old at Glasgow Airport on Tuesday on suspicion of abduction. He now remains in custody.

Lancashire Police launched an urgent appeal last Friday for information on Gracie-May Rogers after she went missing and was identified on a plane that departed from Glasgow Airport and landed in Alicante, Spain on Wednesday, August 25.

The child was reported to have been in the company of a man and a woman.

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Police say the man they arrested had boarded the flight with the toddler and the woman.

The woman, 35, and the toddler returned to the UK on Sunday evening and police met the pair at Manchester Airport.

Police said in a statement on Monday that Gracie-May was "taken to a place of safety" and that the woman is not under arrest but would be voluntarily interviewed in due course.

Lancashire Police had previously said it was treating the case as a missing child and that the pair were wanted on suspicion of child abduction.