Man in court over child abduction in Rotherham

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A man has appeared in court today charged with child abduction in Rotherham - following the disappearance of three girls from the town.

Vejuhadin Ghorbani, aged 37, from the Clifton area of Rotherham, was arrested on Sunday - shortly after the three girls returned home.

They were reported missing at 10.20pm on Saturday, leading to a massive police search for the trio.

Ghorbani has also been charged with causing or inciting a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity.

He has been remanded in custody until September 23, when he will appear at Sheffield Crown Court.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Three girls, two aged 11 and one 13-year-old, were reported missing at 10.20pm on Saturday from the Rotherham area.

“A large-scale search was launched for the girls, with significant resources deployed from across the force.

“A man was arrested at his home address in the Clifton area shortly after the girls’ safe return to their home address.

“Police and other agencies are offering support to the girls and their families.

“At this time, police do not believe there to be anyone else involved.”

Anyone with information about the incident should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 1,220 of September 6, Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.