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Two men arrested on suspicion of child abduction after two teenage girls went missing from care home in Uttlesford

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Two men from London were arrested on suspicion of child abduction after two teenage girls went missing from a care home in Uttlesford.

Essex Police said it received a call concerning the welfare of two girls who had left the home – which is not being identified by the force – on Saturday (May 9) at around 11.30pm.

"Two vulnerable juvenile females were reported missing from their care home in Uttlesford," said a police spokesperson. "About an hour later they were found in a vehicle with two older males on the M11 towards London."

The two men were arrested on suspicion of taking the girls out of the lawful control of their carers without authority and were taken to Harlow police station. The vehicle in which they were travelling was seized.

The vehicle was stopped near junction 7 (Harlow) of the M11. The girls were returned to the home safely and are now being supported by specialist police officers.

Two men, aged 28 and 30, from London arrested on suspicion of child abduction have been released on police bail until June 8.

A police spokesperson added: "The full circumstances of this incident are still under investigation."

If you suspect a person of carrying out child sexual exploitation, or think someone you know has been a victim or may be soon, call Essex Police on 101 (999 in emergencies) or report online at https://www.essex.police.uk/.

CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) Command is a law enforcement agency in place to keep children and young people safe from sexual exploitation and abuse. If you have been a victim of online abuse or you're worried about somebody else, let them know securely at https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/.

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