18 Feb 2016

Arrest over Palmerston Nth abduction

6:21 pm on 18 February 2016

The arrest of a man in connection with the abduction of a five-year-old girl is reassuring for the community, the Mayor of Palmerston North says.

Police say a man appeared in court today and was remanded in custody to reappear on 10 March.

No further details are available at this stage.

The girl was snatched off the street last Friday on her way to school and dropped two and a half hours later, unharmed, on the other side of the city.

Mayor Grant Smith says the arrest will bring some relief.

"It was an isolated incident but I can understand the uncertainty of a predator being out there or an potential predator being out there.

"I mean people need to still keep a watchful eye over their kids in any community or city."

He said the family would be happy to move past the incident.

"The family have been under the media spotlight for some days now so this brings to an end what has been quite a harrowing couple of days for them, so we just hope we can put this whole episode behind us all."

Mr Smith said police were grateful to the public for its help with the investigation.

"I know the police are thanking members of the public for their support and assistance through out the investigation, it is important for the public to speak up and there has been a lot of assistance, so it's a good result for the family the police and the city."