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Teenage boy charged with attacking 10-year-old girl

A police cordon near the River Tees, Stockton Photo: ITV

A 16-year-old boy has appeared in court charged with causing grievous bodily harm to a 10-year-old girl who was left with 'serious injuries'.

The girl was reported missing from her home in Stockton on Saturday 7th April 2012 and was later found by a member of the public.

She remains in Newcastle's RVI hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries to her head.

The RVI Hospital has a specialist paediatric unit where a thorough examination is in progress.

The girl is approximately 4ft tall with brown hair and was wearing black leggings, a chequered top and a brown furry body warmer.

Police say they would particularly like to hear from anyone who saw a girl matching this description, either alone or with someone else between 5.00pm and 9.00pm on Saturday evening.

This video showing the area being searched by police does not contain audio.

Specialist officers searching a stretch of path close to the River Tees Credit: Terry Blackburn

Stockton Police have set up an incident room which is being supported by 48 staff. They have been working round the clock to establish who she was with and where she had been throughout the early evening.

They were supported by the Police Helicopter, CID Officers and Neighbourhood Police Teams, as well as specialist search trained staff.

Police are asking the local community to work with them and to remain calm.

Searches are taking place along the banks of the River Tees Credit: Terry Blackburn
A footpath close to the Infinity Bridge at Stockton. Credit: Terry Blackburn

Cleveland Police have said there will be a Neighbourhood Police presence in the area to provide reassurance and anyone wishing to offer any information which may prove

useful to the enquiry should contact the incident room on 01642 302390 or 302388 or to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.