The parents of a missing 11-year-old girl have released a statement saying they are in a “state of shock” and pleaded with her to let them know that she is safe and to come home.
Bolton youngster, Fatima Kadir, was last seen accompanied by a man and a woman at London Bridge Station, 200 miles from her home, on Friday morning.
Fatuma's parents, Asheem and Misra, said in a statement: "We miss you, we want you to come home. We want to at least know you're safe. You're not in any trouble. Please contact us or the police.
"If anyone knows where she is or have seen her, please get in touch with the police.
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"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. Fatuma, Please come home."
Fatuma was reported missing just before 10.45pm last night.
She took the 9.27pm train from Manchester Piccadilly to Birmingham New Street, changing to a London Euston-bound service which arrived in the capital at 1.17am.
CCTV shows her at the London station at 11.16am with the two unknown adults.
Police released the image of the three of them in the hope that someone will recognise them and come forward with information about the girl’s whereabouts.
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Fatuma is British Asian with a slim build and was last seen wearing a black headscarf and black dress, wearing a white face mask and carried an orange plastic carrier bag.
Several public sightings near London Bridge Tube Station have led police to believe she may still be in the Tower Bridge area.
During a press conference on Friday night, Bolton Detective Chief Inspector Paul Rollinson said Fatuma may have travelled to the city to pursue her ambition of setting up a business.
He said: "What we know is that Fatuma has got aspirations of setting up a business by London Tower Bridge. However, she might also be intending to do some sightseeing.”
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He added that Fatuma was “street smart” and “confident” but still “very very vulnerable”.
Mr Rollinson said: “She's never been out on her own, and she doesn't travel to town centres on her own. She's not been to London on her own before.”
The police are growing increasingly worried about Fatuma’s wellbeing.
Mr Rollinson said: "We are understandably extremely concerned about the welfare of this young girl who was reported missing to us last night as it would seem extremely out of character.
"We've been working throughout the night with colleagues from British Transport Police (BTP) and Metropolitan Police and are now releasing a CCTV image of the three when they arrived at Manchester Piccadilly train station.
"We want to ensure that the girl is safe and well and would ask for anyone with information – no matter how small it may be – to come forward.”
Greater Manchester Police have told anyone with information to call, 0161 856 5757 quoting log number 3275.
They can also report online at www.gmp.police.uk or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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