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Erika Kacicova Found 'Safe And Well'

12/08/2013 19:34 BST | Updated 12/08/2013 20:31 BST
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Missing 13-year-old Erika Kacicova has been found "safe and well" in Bradford city centre, South Yorkshire Police said on Monday evening.

The 13-year-old was found on her own in Centenary Square at around 6.40pm, having been missing for a week.

South Yorkshire Police said five people - four men and one woman - were being held in custody on suspicion of child abduction.

Erika, who went missing last Monday, was tonight being cared for by police in Bradford and her family have been informed.

Police revealed they were holding two men, aged 41 and 37, in custody, but details of the other two men and one woman were not released.

The detective in charge of the hunt, Detective Inspector Helen Tate, said: "It's fantastic news that we now have Erika safe and well and a successful conclusion to the search for Erika.

"Our primary aim now is to concentrate on Erika's wellbeing and begin to piece together her movements since she left home last Monday.

"We are working with local authority and partner agencies for the appropriate support for Erika and to assist with the investigation.

"I have personally been overwhelmed by the way the public and the media have responded to our appeals and I am extremely grateful for their help and support throughout this investigation."

She said at a press conference: "We now have five people in custody on suspicion on child abduction. Four men and one woman."

A 22-year-old man from Bradford has already been released on bail.

Police said they carried out "extensive inquiries" throughout the day, speaking to various people they believed were in contact with Erika in the last couple of days.

Earlier Ms Tate appealed directly to Erika, who is of Slovakian descent, to get in touch.