Six arrested after child abducted at knifepoint and taken 200 miles from home

Six people have been arrested after a child was abducted at knifepoint and taken about 200 miles away from home.

North Wales Police said the child was taken from the island of Anglesey at about 4pm on Wednesday.

The child was found the following evening in Northamptonshire after a car was stopped in the English county.

Police said the incident was not a stranger attack and that the child was recovered safely and was unharmed.

Detective Chief Superintendent Gareth Evans, from North Wales Police, said: "This has been a frightening incident for those involved.

"Can I reassure our communities on Anglesey that this was not a stranger attack, the incident is isolated and we are dealing with those we suspect were involved."

Police had responded to reports of an abduction.

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The force said that, following an investigation, a vehicle was stopped at the request of North Wales Police officers in Northamptonshire on Thursday evening, and the unharmed child was recovered safely.

The incident is being dealt with by the force's Major Investigation Team.

Detective Chief Superintendent Gareth Evans added: “This has been a frightening incident for those involved. Our focus throughout has been to recover the child safe and well and I am happy to report that this was achieved.

“I would like to thank our colleagues in Northamptonshire for their swift assistance.

"Can I reassure our communities on Anglesey that this was not a stranger attack, the incident is isolated and we are dealing with those we suspect were involved.”

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