Update: she has since been located safe and well.
A search operation has been launched by the Police after a child was seen wandering alone in Co. Down overnight.
The young girl was spotted alone at around 5am on Wednesday morning, walking the streets of Castlewellan, according to Belfast Live.
CCTV footage captured the girl wandering down Main Street in the town.
She was pictured wearing a distinctive lilac coat with a fur trim around the hood, a pink dress, pink leggings and short ankle boots.
Temporary Chief Inspector Adam Corner said: “A search operation is currently is underway. Police are investigating a report of a young child wandering alone in the Main Street area of Castlewellan this morning (Wednesday, 30th March) around 4.55am.
“Police attended and no child was found. The child, believed to be a girl, was seen walking on the footpath on Main Street near the entrance to the forest park. Officers have viewed CCTV footage and the child does not appear to turn into the park but continues into town.
“I would urge anyone who has any information about this to contact police immediately on 101 or 999 quoting 181 30/03/22.”