Man arrested after schoolgirl goes missing in Scottish Borders

Police Scotland signage (Jane Barlow/PA) (PA Archive)
Police Scotland signage (Jane Barlow/PA) (PA Archive)

A man has been arrested after an 11-year-old girl disappeared in the Scottish Borders.

She was reported missing to police on Sunday night having last been seen in Galashiels town centre at around 5.45pm

The 53-year-old man was arrested and the girl was found “safe and well” in a property in the town on Monday night after a widespread search of the area with teams from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Border Search and Rescue Unit, volunteers, and specialist teams from Police Scotland, including investigators, divers and air support all taking part.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “A 53-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of an 11-year-old girl from Galashiels, who was reported missing on Sunday, 5 February.“The girl was traced at a property in the Galashiels area around 9.30pm on Monday, 6 February.

“Enquiries into the circumstances are ongoing.”