Police are searching for a missing 11-year-old girl believed to have traveled to London from Greater Manchester overnight.
The parents of Fatuma Kadir of Bolton have urged her to let them know that she is safe after she left home unknowingly on Thursday night before riding multiple trains to arrive in London Euston at 1.13am Friday.
Greater Manchester Police believe she was at London Bridge tube station at 11.16am on Friday and may be in the area around Tower Bridge. The force said it is “extremely concerned” for his well-being.
CCTV footage has shown the girl with a man and a woman; A picture of the trio has been posted. The force believes the couple was concerned for Fatuma and traveled on the same train as her from Bolton to Manchester Piccadilly and then to Birmingham New Street. Police say they did not travel to London, but believe Fatuma may have told them where he was going after arriving there and hope to track them down.
The schoolgirl’s parents, Asheem and Misra, said they are in a “state of shock.”
In a statement, they said: “We miss you, we want you to come home. We want to at least know that you are safe. You have no problem. Contact us or the police. If anyone knows where it is or has seen it, contact the police. We are in a state of shock. We want to know where he is, who he is with, but above all, if he is safe. Fatuma, please come home. “
Fatuma was reported missing just before 10:45 p.m. Thursday night. After inquiries, it was discovered that he had boarded a train from Manchester Piccadilly at 9.27pm to Birmingham New Street before taking another train from there at 11.10pm to London Euston.
Fatuma, who arrived at Euston Station alone, is described as an Asian woman, measuring approximately 5 feet 2 inches (1.6 meters) and thin. She was last seen wearing a black headscarf and a black dress.
DCI Paul Rollinson, Greater Manchester Police, said: “We are understandably extremely concerned for the well-being of this young woman who was reported missing last night, as she would appear extremely out of place.
“We have been working through the night with colleagues from the British Transport Police (BTP) and the Metropolitan Police and are now posting a CCTV image of the three when they arrived at Manchester Piccadilly train station.
“We want to make sure the girl is safe and sound, and we will ask anyone with information, no matter how small, to come forward.”
Detectives say Fatuma had aspirations to own a clothing company in London and that she may have traveled to the city to pursue her ambition to start a business.
Fatuma was described as “street smart” and “safe”, but Rollinson said she was still “very vulnerable.”
He said: “She’s smart on the street, she has some wit about her. But he’s still very, very vulnerable at age 11. She has never been out alone and does not travel alone to urban centers. She has not been alone in London before. But his family has said that he is very intelligent and can be very confident. “
Fatuma is said to have a mobile phone with her, but it is currently not working.
Anyone with information can 0161 856 5757 quoting the registration number 3275 of 07/22/2021 or report it online at www.gmp.police.uk
Individuals can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously at 0800 555111.