Man arrested for trying to sell baby in shopping centre

MANCHESTER police have arrested a man who allegedly tried to sell a baby for £1,000 in a city-centre shopping arcade.

The man, who has not yet been identified, reportedly approached a member of the public in Barton Arcade, Manchester, and allegedly offered to sell them the child.

The 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of child neglect. He awaits questioning in police custody.

The three-month-old baby girl is safe and well.

As reported by the Manchester Evening News, the man shouted into a William Hill bookmakers, asking whether anyone wanted to buy the baby, and continued walking down the street asking the same question.

Speaking to the paper, police said that at least three different people were approached by the man. Dozens of police officers were on the streets of the city looking for him, and public transport workers have been told to stay on the look-out for the man, in an effort to locate him.

Detective Liam Boden of the Greater Manchester Police said: "We would like to thank members of the public and the media for their assistance in publicising the appeal earlier today."

"We have now arrested a man on suspicion of child neglect and will be questioning him in relation to the incident as we try to establish the full circumstances."