A 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of child abduction following the disappearance of a 14-year-old girl from the Eston area of Redcar and Cleveland. Cleveland Police launched an urgent appeal to find the teenager after she went missing on 3 September.
Police feared the girl had left her home to go and meet a man she had been talking to online. She was eventually found following a search which "left no stone was left unturned".
Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Darren Best said: "I'm pleased to say that we have found the missing 14-year-old girl safe and well in the Middlesbrough area and I would like to thank the media and members of the public for their overwhelming support in appealing for information.
"Our detectives have worked tirelessly overnight and through the early hours to find her using a number of tactics and no stone was left unturned. Every officer on patrol has been aware of the search for this girl.
"A 26-year-old man from outside the Cleveland area has been arrested this morning on suspicion of child abduction and he is in police custody facing questioning. This is now a criminal investigation and we are offering this girl support alongside partner agencies.
"Cleveland Police remains committed to keeping our residents safe and protecting communities from serious threat, risk and harm."