Neighbours quizzed by cops after missing girl aged 9 or 10 seen 'reluctantly' getting into 'suspicious' man's car

NEIGHBOURS have been quizzed by cops after a missing girl was seen "reluctantly" getting into a "suspicious" man's car.

The youngster, aged around nine or 10, was spotted by a member of the public in Middlesbrough yesterday who was concerned for her welfare.

They reported the incident to police at around 8.30am, as they believed it was "suspicious".

Cops say they are now urgently appealing for information and are asking anyone who saw or knows the girl to get in touch.

She has been described as white with a tanned complexion with brown shoulder-length hair. The girl was wearing a pink puffa jacket.

The man is also described as white with a tanned complexion and is believed to be aged in his 40s.

He has dark hair with grey flecks in it, is an average build and height and was wearing a black t-shirt.

Police say the car is small and black – potentially a Vauxhall Corsa – and was "new and clean".

Detective Chief Inspector Pete Carr said: “This is a concerning report and our priority is ensuring the girl is safe and well. We have already carried out a number of enquiries and people in the area will have seen a police presence.

“We are appealing to anyone who saw what happened or has information to assist us to please contact us urgently. This includes anyone who recognises these descriptions and believes it involves them or a family member.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 with reference number 15452.

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