Police 'thankful' that Atiya is returning safely home

Greater Manchester Police say that they are pleased to secure the safe return of six-year-old Atiya Anjum-Wilkinson who was taken by her father to Pakistan in 2009.

This has been a long and hard investigation which has thankfully culminated in Atiya being on her way home.

Throughout the three years of her disappearance, her mother Gemma has understandably been sick with worry. She had not heard from her beloved daughter and did not know whether she would ever set eyes upon her again.

However, Gemma, alongside ourselves and a variety of organisations, were determined we would not give up and remained dedicated to finding her. Thanks to this determination and the help from the Pakistani authorities, we have the outcome we were hoping for.

– Detective Superintendent Phil Owen, Greater Manchester Police's Child Protection Unit

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Call for review after Atiya ordeal

The politician who helped reunite mother Gemma Wilkinson with her six-year-old daughter Atiya, who was kidnapped by her father three years ago, has said there is a "fundamental need" to review how similar cases are dealt with in the future.