Tiolah, known as Tillie, disappeared after going for a meal with a neighbour called Annmarie Lawton, 29, and a man called Adam on Wednesday afternoon.
She failed to return to her home in Bedminster, Bristol and was reported by her mother to be missing at 7 pm yesterday.
Photographs posted on social media appeared to show a man and a woman, matching the description of Annmarie Lawton and her friend, being led away from the Galleries shopping centre in Broadmead by uniformed police – the police said that two people have now been arrested.
They said in a statement that officers had found eight-year-old Tiolah safe and well in Bristol following an appeal to trace her and that a man and a woman had been arrested.
It’s quite common with people that are extremely close to their neighbours and some are even extremely good friends, even as close as family to let their children be taken out by them, especially if they have children themselves.
Unfortunately, the most terrible things happen to children at home and the hands of a family member or friend, but it’s good that this little lassie has been found safe and well.
It’s good that children can have a fulfilled childhood with friends being allowed over for dinner and sleepovers, but it’s an extremely terrifying world out there and some parents won’t allow it and then they miss out in the most critical part of their childhood.
But this was a terrible happening and so distressing for the family and friends and we should thank whoever found her, and it’s so callous what this man and woman did, and the police need to find out why and punish them.