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Commissioner thanks all who helped find missing girl

15th April 2016

Northumbria’s Police & Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC, has today thanked police and partners for their help in finding a three year old girl.

Earlier this week a toddler was taken by two teenage girls from a store in Newcastle.

Vera Baird said: “None of us can imagine the distress the family and the toddler were going through. As Police & Crime Commissioner, I am proud of all our staff and partners who helped in the search.”

The toddler was found in just over an hour after being reported to the police.

Mrs Baird said: “Partnership working has proven so effective  – the police, retail staff, council employees and the transport network, Newcastle University and Nexus have delivered. Northumbria Police coordinated this operation quickly and effectively and enabled the toddler to be quickly tracked down and reunited with her mam.”

As Police & Crime Commissioner, part of Mrs Baird’s role is to hold the force to account when needed and to congratulate them when they do a good job.

Mrs Baird added: “Clearly a good job was done by many and as the public’s representative for policing I’m proud of how the North East came together at a difficult time.”