Police probing possible abduction of girl in Manchester

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Police are investigating the possible abduction of a young girl in Manchester.

Detectives said the child - thought to be around six or seven years old, according to social media - was believed to be snatched from the city's Heaton Park.

Superintendent Arif Nawaz of Greater Manchester Police said: "I want people to know we are taking this report extremely seriously and are following all possible lines of inquiry, which may cause some disruption to people leaving the event this evening.

"We need to be really clear about what has happened this evening so I'd ask that people refrain from speculating around the circumstances on social media as we follow our processes."