A MAN has been charged over the disappearance of an 11-year-old girl from Galashiels, say police.

The 53-year-old is expected to appear at Selkirk Sheriff Court on Thursday (February 9).

A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.

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Chief Superintendent Catriona Paton, Lothians and Scottish Borders commander, said: "I want to thank the public for their huge effort and assistance during this incident. The people of Galashiels really came together and supported each other, the emergency services and search teams.

“We believe this incident to be contained and enquiries into the circumstances are ongoing.

"There will be increased high visibility patrols in the streets to provide reassurance and advice to the public, and anyone with concerns can speak to an officer at any time."