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Girls to appear in court charged with kidnapping two-year-old

Girls to appear in court charged with kidnapping two-year-old

Two teenage girls will appear in court on Friday charged with kidnapping a two-year-old with the intention of committing a sexual offence.

The girls, aged 13 and 14 from Tyneside are 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 last month.

She was found in a park in the suburb of Gosforth an hour and 45 minutes later.

The girls will appear at a youth court hearing in North Tyneside.

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.

Neither the defendants nor their alleged victim can be identified by the media.