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A Love Island star’s mother has been arrested on suspicion of child abduction – after a missing eight-year-old girl who vanished from school was found safely.
Lancashire Constabulary had been increasingly concerned about the whereabouts of youngster Darcy Shea.
She had last been seen outside St Cuthbert’s Primary School in Blackpool at 9am this morning and officers believed she was picked up by Jane Prior, 60.
But just after 3pm both of them were found safely and Mrs Prior, who is the mother of Love Island star Kendall Rae Knight, was arrested on suspicion of child abduction.
Officers had carried out searches and conducted a number of enquiries to try and find them both.
Jane Prior, 60, and Kendall Rae Knight beaming for this happy mother-daughter picture
Today Jane Prior, 60, was arrested for child abduction as Darcey was found safe and well
Lancashire Police were urgently searching for missing eight-year-old Darcey this afternoon
Ms Prior – who has modelled on ITV favourite This Morning – has links to Preston and North Wales but was in the Blackpool area.
The pair were thought to be in a blue Mitsubishi Colt car registration SP56 RHO.
A Lancashire Police spokesperson said: ‘Further to our earlier appeals, Darcy, missing from Blackpool, has been found safe and well in the resort this afternoon.
‘A 60-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of child abduction and is in custody.
Ms Prior is mother of Love Island star Kendall Rae Knight, pictured, and known to Darcey
The pair were thought to be in a blue Mitsubishi Colt car registration SP56 RHO pictured here
‘Thank you to everyone who shared our appeals for information.’
Three years ago Ms Prior appeared on This Morning where she was wined and dined in Italy during a special dating section.
The Matchmaker Mountain segment featured her and explained her motivations for going on the show
She told the programme: ‘My daughter Kendall (Rae Knight) was on Love Island last year and although she didn’t find love on the show, I thought I hopefully might have more luck!!’