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Man Arrested After Trying To "Sell" A Three-Month-Old Baby

Police arrested a 28-year-old man in Manchester city centre on Sunday in connection with reports of someone trying to sell a 3-month-old baby for up to £1,000.

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The man was allegedly seen offering the baby for sale in a bookmaker's in Barton Arcade, off Deansgate, in the heart of the city. The Manchester Evening News reported that police heard from three different people who witnessed a man offering a baby for sale, in one case for £1,000.

The baby, who is just 3 months old, is safe and well, police said in a statement.

"Shortly after 2.30pm on Sunday 12 July 2015, a man with a baby in a pram approached a member of the public on Deansgate near Barton Arcade and is reported to have offered to sell him the baby," the statement said.

The man was released on bail on Monday evening until Septembe, while police enquiries continue.

The MEN reported that the baby's mother is thought to have been missing for weeks.

Police launched an urgent appeal to find the man yesterday afternoon via social media.

Sus man alert - we urgently need to find black man 6'3" black coat blue jeans with baby in pram - last seen Deansgate 10 mins ago. Ring 101

He was last spotted near Barton Arcade, between Deansgate and St Anne's Square, the location of the bookmaker's.

@McrStreetAngels last seen near Barton Arcade on Deansgate around 14.30 @McrStreetAngels

The case was serious enough for "significant" police resources to be spent trying to find the man.

Man trying to sell baby in Manchester City Centre- significant resources now 'zoning off" the City to try and locate the male. @MENnewsdesk

Patrick Smith is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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