Manchester police
A man has been arrested in Manchester after attempting to sell a three-month-old baby boy in Barton Arcade in the city centre.Greater Manchester Police

Police have arrested a man who was allegedly trying to sell a three-month-old baby boy at the Manchester shopping arcade.

The man, 28, who is arrested on suspicion of child neglect, was attempting to sell the baby boy to another man in Barton Arcade in the city centre, on the afternoon of 12 July at approximately 14:30 BST.

An image was earlier released of the 6ft 3ins man, dressed in blue pants, carrying a backpack and pushing a pram.

"This is extremely unusual and at this time we are trying to establish the full circumstances of the situation, but most importantly check on the welfare of the child," said Sergeant David Henshall.

Police have now confirmed that the baby is safe.

Detective Inspector Liam Boden said, reported Sky News: "We would like to thank members of the public and the media for their assistance in publicising the appeal earlier today [12 July].

"We have now arrested a man on suspicion of child neglect and will be questioning him in relation to the incident as we try to establish the full circumstances."