VIDEO: Abduction cases ‘very rare’ says police chief

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Residents have been reassured the abduction of a six-year-old girl in Burnley is “very rare” and that police are doing everything in their power to help her family find justice.

A major investigation has been launched after a youngster, who was wearing pink and riding her bicycle, was taken on a three-mile journey from Nairne Street, in Burnley, to Whitefield Street, Hapton, in a large black car.

Det. Chief Insp Joanne McHugh

Det. Chief Insp Joanne McHugh

She was found “traumatised” by members of the public and is now receiving support from specially trained officers. She had not been physically attacked.

Chief Insp. Joanne McHugh confirmed house-to-house enquiries have been made, CCTV is being monitored, and police patrols have been stepped up following the horrifying incident yesterday.

Here, she talks through the details of the distressing case, urges anybody with information to step forward, and states how the youngster and her family are coping in the aftermath of the abduction.

Contact 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.