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Missing teenager Erika Kacicova found 'safe and well' as five are arrested

Erika Kacicova went missing last Monday. Photo: South Yorkshire Police

Missing teenager Erika Kacicova has been found "safe and well" in Bradford city centre as five people were being held in custody on suspicion of child abduction.

The 13-year-old, who went missing last Monday, was found on her own in Centenary Square at around 6.40pm.

She was tonight being cared for by police in Bradford and her family have been informed.

Erika Kacicova was found in Bradford city centre. Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Two men, aged 41 and 37, are being held in custody but the details of the other two men and one woman were not released.

The detective in charge of the hunt for the teenager, Detective Inspector Helen Tate, said she was "overwhelmed" by the response from the public to police appeals.

It's fantastic news that we now have Erika safe and well and a successful conclusion to the search for Erika.

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 with local authority and partner agencies for the appropriate support for Erika and to assist with the investigation.

I have personally been overwhelmed by the way the public and the media have responded to our appeals and I am extremely grateful for their help and support throughout this investigation.

– Detective Inspector Helen Tate

At a press conference today, she added: "We now have five people in custody on suspicion on child abduction. Four men and one woman."

A 22-year-old man from Bradford has already been released on bail.

Police said they carried out "extensive inquiries" throughout the day and had spoken to various people they believed were in contact with Erika in the last couple of days.