Man arrested after disappearance of 11-year-old girl to appear in court

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A 53-year-old man who was arrested and charged after an 11-year-old girl went missing is to appear in court.

The child was reported missing from Galashiels in the Scottish Borders on Sunday night which prompted a huge search involving specialist divers, a police helicopter, a mountain rescue team and members of the public.

She was located at a property in the area at around 9.30pm the following day, more than 24 hours after being last seen.

The man charged in connection with her disappearance is expected to appear at Selkirk Sheriff Court on Thursday.

Prison van outside court
A prison van arrives at Selkirk Sheriff Court, where the 53-year-old is due to appear (Andrew Milligan/PA)

“The people of Galashiels really came together and supported each other, the emergency services and search teams.

“We believe this incident to be contained and inquiries into the circumstances are ongoing.

“There will be increased high visibility patrols in the streets to provide reassurance and advice to the public, and anyone with concerns can speak to an officer at any time.”

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