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Police are urgently appealing for information after a young girl was spotted getting in a car with a man today.

The child, aged around nine or ten, was spotted by a member of the public in Middlesbrough who was concerned for her welfare.

The incident was said to have happened on Pelham Street, near to the junction with Clifton Street at around 8.30am.

Cleveland Police are appealing for anyone who saw anything or knows who the girl is to contact them urgently.

The girl is described as white with a tanned complexion with brown shoulder-length hair and was wearing a pink puffed jacket.

The man is also white and has also been described as having a tanned complexion.

He is believed to be aged in his 40s, with dark hair with grey flecks and is of an average build and height.

He was wearing a black t-shirt.

Police say the car the man was driving is small and black – potentially a Vauxhall Corsa – and was “new and clean”.

Detective Chief Inspector Pete Carr said: “This is a concerning report and our priority is ensuring the girl is safe and well. We have already carried out a number of enquiries and people in the area will have seen a police presence.

“We are appealing to anyone who saw what happened or has information to assist us to please contact us urgently. This includes anyone who recognises these descriptions and believes it involves them or a family member.”