A man and a woman have been charged after the disappearance of a teenage schoolgirl this week.

The 13-year-old school girl, who is not being named by police for legal reasons, was reported missing on Saturday after leaving an address in the West End of Newcastle.

Extensive inquiries were carried out to locate the schoolgirl and last night she was located safe and well by police.

Two men and one woman, who were very well known to the girl, were arrested by police as part of their investigation.

Now Terri Henry, 30, and Alan Laycock, 44, both of William Street, Hebburn, have been charged with the abduction of the 13-year-old.

They will both appear before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court this morning.

A 67-year-old man who was also arrested in connection with the girl’s disappearance has been released under investigation.

Superintendent Peter Bent, who led the search for the missing schoolgirl thanked everyone who shared the appeal.

He said: "We are delighted that we have located her safe and well and a big part of that has been because of the public's support."