Urgent hunt as girl seen entering van in possible abduction before it was dumped

A desperate hunt has been launched after a girl was seen getting into a van which was later found abandoned with no sign of her.

In what police believe was a terrifying abduction, the girl seen in these CCTV images was seen entering a van in the early evening.

The vehicle made off from the police when officers tried to stop it.

It was later found abandoned and four "offenders" fled the scene.

The girl has not been found and police have released an image of her late tonight in an urgent appeal.

"Officers are becoming increasingly concerned for her welfare," a Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said.

"No arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing."

Detective Inspector Nicola Hopkinson, of GMP’s Rochdale division, said: “If anyone recognises the girl in this photo or has any information at all that can help us to identify her please get in touch as a matter of urgency.

“She was last seen wearing a red coloured gilet, a black long sleeved t-shirt, black leggings and black Nike trainers with a white tick.

“We are keeping an open mind as to why the girl got in to the van, however her safety is our number one priority and any information at all, no matter how insignificant you may feel it is, could play a major part in assisting our investigation.”

The girl was seen getting into a van on Birch Road, Wardle, Rochdale, at around 6pm on Monday.

The van was spotted on Halifax Road heading towards Littleborough at 5:56pm and again on Halifax Road heading back from Littleborough at around 6:10pm.

But when Greater Manchester Police patrols tried to stop the van on Halifax Road, it made off down Millgate.

It was later found abandoned on Millview Lane and four "offenders" fled the scene down Mayfield Street.

Anyone with any information should call police on 0161 856 8441 quoting incident number 2149 of 16/03/20. Alternatively reports can be made anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.  

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