Man charged after 11-year-old girl’s disappearance in Galashielson February 8, 2023 at 1:31 am

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The child went missing from Galashiels in the Borders on Sunday, but was found on Monday night.

Mountain rescue teams joined the searchImage source, PA Media

A 53-year-old man has been charged following the disappearance of an 11-year-old girl who was later found in the Scottish Borders.

The child was reported missing in Galashiels on Sunday but was found in the area at about 21:30 on Monday.

A huge search was launched involving specialist divers, a police helicopter and mountain rescue teams.

The man was arrested on Tuesday and police confirmed he had been charged in the early hours of Wednesday.

He is expected to appear at Selkirk Sheriff Court and a report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.

Officers have set up a cordon at a property in the village of Gattonside.

Gattonside property

Ch Supt Catriona Paton said: “I want to thank the public for their huge effort and assistance during this incident. 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.”

One of the last sightings of the girl was at the Galashiels Transport Interchange on Sunday evening.

Police held a press conference on Monday to appeal to the public for information as part of efforts to trace her.

Members of the public joined the emergency services in the search which went on until Monday night.

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