Man and woman arrested after alleged attempted child abduction

Armstrong Primary School
Armstrong Primary School

A man and woman have been arrested in connection with the alleged abduction of a young child from an Irish primary school.

The child went missing from Armstrong Primary School on College Hill, Armagh yesterday, prompting an immediate widespread search.

It is understood the alarm was raised when a family member went to collect the child.

The child was reportedly recovered a number of hours later in Belfast.

A PSNI spokesman said: “Police have arrested a 42-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman on suspicion of attempted child abduction following an incident in Armagh on Tuesday, November 10.

“The man and woman are currently in police custody helping us with their enquiries.

“The arrests followed the report of a young child being taken from school premises in Armagh city on Tuesday morning.

“An investigation was immediately put into place by police and enquiries led to Belfast where the man and woman were arrested and the child recovered.”

The 42-year-old man is due to appear before Banbridge Magistrates’ Court this morning.

The woman (35) was 'released unconditionally', a PSNI spokesperson said.