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Charges dropped over missing Vietnamese girl in York

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Image caption The teenage girl went missing from York's walls in August

Charges have been dropped against a man accused of abducting a Vietnamese teenager who went missing while on a tour of York.

The girl, 15, went missing from her tour group on 6 August but was found safe and well a week later.

North Yorkshire Police would not confirm where the teenager was found.

Ho Quang Ngoc, 25, was previously charged with taking a child and facilitating a breach of immigration laws.

A Crown Prosecution Service spokesperson said: "After a careful consideration of all the evidence submitted to us by North Yorkshire Police, we concluded that there was insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction."

Nine other people who had been arrested were also released in relation to child abduction offences, but inquiries into immigration offences were continuing, North Yorkshire Police said.

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