Police have found 17-month-old girl who was in her father’s Audi when it was stolen

A 17-month-old girl who went missing earlier this afternoon when her father’s car was stolen in east London has been found.  

Maria Tudorica was in the front passenger seat of her father’s black Audi A5 when he went to meet a man interested in buying the vehicle at around 4.40pm.

When her father got out, the would-be buyer jumped in and sped away – taking the young girl with him.  

The car was found abandoned on Hathaway Crescent, Newham, a short while later without the toddler inside. 

Police confirmed they found the girl on Ruskin Avenue on Twitter at around 8pm. 

An urgent hunt has been launched after Maria Tudorica, two, was taken during a car theft in Newham, east London, earlier this afternoon

An urgent hunt has been launched after Maria Tudorica, two, was taken during a car theft in Newham, east London, earlier this afternoon

An urgent hunt has been launched after Maria Tudorica, two, was taken during a car theft in Newham, east London, earlier this afternoon

The little girl, pictured, was wearing a white top and red bottoms when her father's car was stolen

The little girl, pictured, was wearing a white top and red bottoms when her father's car was stolen

The little girl, pictured, was wearing a white top and red bottoms when her father’s car was stolen

She was taken from an address in Nine Acres Close (pictured) at 4.37pm earlier today

She was taken from an address in Nine Acres Close (pictured) at 4.37pm earlier today

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She was taken from an address in Nine Acres Close (pictured) at 4.37pm earlier today

Issuing an urgent appeal, police said the little girl, who is Romanian, is from the local area and was wearing a white top and red bottoms. 

The man who took the car was described as an Asian man of slim build, dressed in black clothing.

The Metropolitan Police tweeted: ‘Delighted to report that missing child Maria Tudorica aged 17months has now been found safe and well in the Ruskin Avenue, E12 area. 

‘Thanks to media and all members of the public who have helped with this appeal.’

Police are urging anyone with information about the stolen car to call 999 immediately.  

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111 or tweet the police via @MetCC. 

More follows.  

The car, a black Audi A5, was later found abandoned on Hathaway Crescent (pictured) without the toddler inside

The car, a black Audi A5, was later found abandoned on Hathaway Crescent (pictured) without the toddler inside

The car, a black Audi A5, was later found abandoned on Hathaway Crescent (pictured) without the toddler inside

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