Sheffield’s missing Erika is found safe

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Missing Sheffield teenager Erika Kacicova was found safe and well last night - bringing to an end a seven day search.

Officers looking for the 13-year-old from Darnall located her on her own in Bradford city centre at around 6.40pm.

Erika Kacicova

Erika Kacicova

Enquiries had been carried out throughout the day and police said they had spoken to ‘various people who we believe have been in contact with Erika over the last couple of days’.

Five people - four men and one woman - were arrested yesterday in Bradford on suspicion of child abduction, and remained in police custody last night.

Erika’s family were informed that she had been found, and she was last night in the care of the police in Bradford.

Detective Inspector Helen Tate said at a press conference last night she had been ‘overwhelmed’ by the ‘excellent’ public response to the appeal and said: “It’s fantastic news that we now have Erika, safe and well, and a successful conclusion to the search.

“There is a huge sense of relief to know Erika is safe and well - all sorts of things run through your mind. To find Erika safe and well is the result we very much wanted.

“Our primary aim now is to concentrate on Erika’s wellbeing and begin to piece together her movements since she left home last Monday.

“We are working for the appropriate support for Erika.”

Earlier police said they believed Erika - who turned 13 just two days before she vanished - had gone missing ‘of her own volition’ as opposed to being snatched.