A missing teenage girl whose throat was allegedly slashed in the back of a police van has been arrested along with a 45-year-old man after they were found.
Jessica Roe, 17, and Stuart Lymer - who is her 'soulmate' - were last seen getting into a vehicle outside a Tesco in Cannock, Staffordshire, on Friday.
But they were found 300 miles away at Perth train station in Scotland yesterday and a scuffle allegedly broke out when they were being transported in a police van.
The teenager is reportedly fighting for her life after a weapon - believed to be a knife - was used and Mr Lymer is also in a critical condition.
Police Scotland today confirmed that the pair have been arrested and are still being treated in hospital. They will appear in court once they have been released.
A police spokesman said: 'Following an incident yesterday within a police vehicle in Perth, a 45-year-old man and 17-year-old woman have been arrested.
'Both are being treated in hospital for injuries sustained during the incident at Perth. The matter has been referred to PIRC.'
It comes after the pair were taken to Perth Infirmary before Miss Roe was transferred to Dundee's Ninewells Hospital.
A source told The Scottish Sun: 'They were both rushed to Perth Royal Infirmary and she was later taken to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.
'She sustained a significant wound during the incident. He was also injured but not as badly.'
A police source told the Daily Record: 'The two people are critically ill in hospital.
'They were both reported as missing people and picked up by police officers and put into the back of a van. There was a struggle and both have ended up hurt.'
Staffordshire police had launched a desperate hunt for the pair after they became concerned for Miss Roe's safety.
Detective Inspector Alan Lyford of Staffordshire Police said: 'We have genuine concerns for Jessica's safety.
'There is no suggestion Jessica was forcibly taken, however we need to bring her home to ensure she is safe.'
A Police Scotland spokesman added: 'Two people reported missing from the Staffordshire area have been traced by Police Scotland officers in Perth.
'Jessica Roe, 17, from Cannock, and Stuart Lymer, aged 45, from Uttoxeter, were found at Perth railway station at around 11.20am on Monday.
'They had been reported missing on Friday 2 March, 2018. There is an ongoing investigation and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.'
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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