‘We miss you, you’re not in any trouble’ – parents of missing 11-year-old Fatuma Kadir issue public appeal
The parents of a missing 11-year-old girl believed to be in London have begged her to get in touch and come home, saying: “We miss you – you’re not in any trouble.”
Fatuma Kadir left home in Bolton on her own and ‘without the knowledge of her parents’ on Thursday night, Greater Manchester Police revealed at a press conference tonight.
The force said the schoolgirl has a love and fascination of London, but hasn’t been to the capital before.
She has no friends or family there, but has spoken about wanting to open a clothing store in London when she is older, police revealed.
Fatuma travelled to Bolton railway station, arriving at 8.20pm on Thursday, where police said she came into contact with an unknown man and woman.
CCTV images of the three were released by GMP earlier today.
But police said tonight they believe the pair were ‘worried’ about Fatuma and concerned for her welfare.
They travelled on the same train as her to Manchester Piccadilly, then on again to Birmingham New Street station.
Fatuma, police said, got off at the station then boarded the 11.10pm train to London Euston station, arriving alone at 1.13am today – Friday.
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Detective Chief Inspector Paul Rollinson said she headed onto Eversholt Street, towards Euston Road.
“From there , we believe she was at London Bridge Tube Station at 11.16am this morning [Friday], and it maybe likely that she is in the London area, possibly around Tower Bridge,” he said.
“We are understandably extremely concerned about the welfare of this young girl, as it would seem her going missing is extremely out of character.”
Det Chief Chief Rollinson said they believe Fatuma has access to cash.
Mobile phone analysis, he said, was continuing.
And he revealed police have spoken to two of her closest friends from school, but they didn’t know Fatuma was planning to leave.
Fatuma’s parents, dad Asheem and mum Misra, appeared at the press conference.
They don’t speak English but through Det Chief Chief Rollinson, said: “We miss you – we want you to come home. We want to at least know you’re safe.
“You’re not in any trouble.
“We are in a state of shock. We want to know where she is, who she’s with, but most of all, that she’s safe.”
Det Chief Insp Rollinson said Fatuma was reported missing just before 10.45pm on Thursday.
She was at home at 7.30pm.
He added: “We’ve been working with colleagues from British Transport Police (BTP) and Metropolitan Police, as we know she had a great interest in London.
“We are also releasing more pictures, and want to ask for the public’s help to find her.
“Have you seen Fatuma? Do you know where she is now? Or do you have any information which will help us find her?
“Her parents, Asheem, and Misra, are extremely worried.
“She left home without the knowledge of her parents, and travelled to Bolton train station.
“She then came into contact an unknown man and woman, that we believe were worried about Fatuma. They travelled on the same train as her to Manchester Piccadilly and then on again from Manchester Piccadilly to Birmingham New Street.
“We know at this time, Fatuma got off at Birmingham New street, and boarded the 11.10pm train to London Euston, arriving alone at 1.13am today.
“We would like to trace the unknown male and female as they may know where she was going afterwards.”
Fatuma is described as Asian, about 5ft 2ins tall and slim.
She was last seen wearing a black Hijab with a blue headscarf and black dress.
Anyone with information can call police on 0161 856 5757 quoting log number 3275 of 22/07/2021, or report it online at www.gmp.police.uk.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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