Man, 34, arrested on suspicion of abducting girl, 12

Girl, 12, who vanished from her Devon home on December 20 is found safe and well in Lincolnshire as police who appealed to find her father arrest man, 34, on suspicion of child abduction

  • Leona Peach went missing from her home in Newton Abbot on December 20
  • She was found safe and well earlier today in Boston, Lincolnshire by police 
  • Officers launched a major operation to track down the 12-year-old girl 

A man has been arrested after missing 12-year-old schoolgirl Leona Peach was found ‘safe and well’ at an address in Lincolnshire.

Leona reported missing after last being seen in the Hele Park area of Newton Abbot at 9.15am on Monday, December 20.

She was found at an address just outside Boston in Lincolnshire after an ‘extensive’ police operation.

Leona Peach, 12, who went missing from Newton Abbot in Devon on Monday, December 20 has been found safe and well in Boston, Lincolnshire earlier today. A 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of child abduction and kidnapping

As a result of the search, a 34-year-old man from Devon was arrested on suspicion of child abduction and kidnap.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: ‘Following an extensive policing operation, 12-year-old Leona Peach who was reported missing from Newton Abbot on the morning of Monday 20 December, has been located safe and well.

‘Aided by officers from Lincolnshire Police and with support from Devon Child Services and Lincolnshire Child Services, units attended and undertook a search of an address near Boston this afternoon and located Leona; She will continue to be supported by specialist officers and child services.

‘During the search police have arrested a 34-year-old man, originally from Devon, on suspicion of child abduction and kidnap. He is due to be transferred into police custody within Devon and Cornwall for questioning in due course.

‘Officers would like to thank the public for their support in helping us locate Ms Peach.’

Police had earlier speculated that she hay have been in Bideford in North Devon, and were keen to track down her father, Billy, in an effort to locate her. 


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