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A 23-year-old man has been charged after a six-year-old girl was abducted and allegedly sexually assaulted,
Lewis Jones, of Liverpool, has been charged with two counts of sexual assault by penetration and one count of abduction,
He is currently being held in custody and is set to appear in Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court today (August 20).
The charges come after officers from Greater Manchester Police were called to reports of a suspected abduction and sexual assault of a young girl on Warne Avenue, Droylsden, Tameside, at 4.10pm on Wednesday (August 17).
"We suspect the offender walked with the child across this area where we believe he has sexually assaulted her," Detective Superintendent Richard Hunt said.
She was allegedly sexually assaulted there but was fortunately reunited with her family a short time later after she ran home to her parents, who raised the alarm.
Specialist officers are now providing support to the victim, according to police.
"She's been extremely brave," Detective Superintendent Hunt said
"She's assisting with the investigation today. Obviously, that's a traumatic process, it's a slow process, and you can understand why we have to take that slowly for her benefit, but she's been very brave."
It comes after Tameside Police revealed the young girl was apparently snatched by a man on Warne Avenue, Droylsden, at around 4pm on Wednesday.
Detectives announced yesterday that the investigation was "progressing quickly and that they were looking for a man they were "keen to speak [to] as soon as possible" – a plea that led to Jones' arrest.
Detective Superintendent Hunt said of the case: "What I can say, he's obviously grabbed a child, and what I would say to members of the public is that they need to be extra vigilant.
"A child was playing in this area and a chap who was hanging around has taken a child and thankfully within a few minutes we've got her back.
"Parents need to consider the circumstances of what I have mentioned and I would suggest they need to be extra vigilant with their children whilst we progress this as quickly as possible."
Greater Manchester Police said: "We would once again like to thank members of the public for their assistance in this investigation and for engaging with our appeals."
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