UPDATE: Missing schoolgirl found safe

Erika Kacicova
Erika Kacicova

Police are continuing to question five people in connection with the week-long disappearance of Sheffield schoolgirl Erika Kacicova.

The 13-year-old was found on her own in Bradford city centre’s Centenary Square, last night having been missing since last Monday.

South Yorkshire Police said the five people - four men and one woman - were being held in custody on suspicion of child abduction.

Two men aged 41 and 37 were arrested on Monday and remain in custody, but details of the other two men and one woman were not released.

The officer in charge of the search, Detective Inspector Helen Tate, said: “It’s fantastic news that we now have Erika safe and well and a successful conclusion to the search for Erika.

“Our primary aim now is to concentrate on Erika’s well-being and begin to piece together her movements since she left home last Monday.

“We are working with local authority and partner agencies for the appropriate support for Erika and to assist with the investigation.

“I have personally been overwhelmed by the way the public and the media have responded to our appeals and I am extremely grateful for their help and support throughout this investigation.”

A 22-year-old man from Bradford has already been released on bail.

Police said they carried out “extensive inquiries” throughout the day, speaking to various people they believed were in contact with Erika in the last couple of days.