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Bearwood girl attack: Man charged with kidnap

A man has appeared in court charged with kidnapping a nine-year-old girl in the West Midlands.

The child was returning to her home when she was attacked in Belmont Road, Bearwood, just after 13:30 BST on Sunday, West Midlands Police said.

A woman who was passing by heard the girl call out for help and intervened.

Edward Burns, 37, from Bearwood Road, Smethwick, was remanded in custody by Sandwell magistrates. He is due before Wolverhampton Crown Court on 1 July.

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