Teenage Girls Charged With Kidnapping Toddler From Primark Store 'to Commit Sexual Offence'

Customers outside Primark's flagship store on Oxford Street in London, November 5, 2014. A three-year-old girl was kidnapped from a store in Newcastle on Thursday. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty

Updated | Two teenage girls appeared in court on Friday charged with kidnapping a three-year-old girl "with the intention of committing a relevant sexual offence" in Newcastle, England.

The girl went missing from a Primark store in Newcastle's Northumberland Street shortly before 5 p.m. local time on Wednesday. She was found just over an hour later, about three miles away in Gosforth.

Two girls, aged 13 and 14, appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court on Friday, charged with kidnap and two counts of theft from a shop—dummies from a Boots chemist and milk and a bottle from a Sainsbury's supermarket.

Northumbria Police launched a search for the three-year-old on Wednesday after discovering she had left the store with two teenage girls she did not know.

Officers trawled through CCTV from local shops, the city council and Newcastle University. Bus, rail and metro staff also assisted police.