Fears for missing teenager

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POLICE have issued a desperate plea to a teenage girl missing from her Fleetwood home to get in touch and let her family know she is safe.

Sophie Cullingworth, 16, was last seen at her home address in Garfield Street, in the town centre, by her mum on Tuesday.

Police said the teenager had just returned home from her studies at Blackpool and The Fylde College.

She was at home at 4pm but at 4.30pm said she was going out to visit a friend.

But the youngster failed to return home and now police are increasingly concerned for her welfare.

Insp Steve Bell, of Wyre Police, told The Gazette: “At this stage there is no reason to believe she is in any danger, but because of her age we have to be sure she is safe and well. She is only 16 years old and we are concerned for her welfare.”

He said she had been reported as missing on previous occasions.

He added: “We think she could be in the company of friends and we are making inquiries with those friends.

“We treat each case on it merits – it is now two days since she was last seen so we have to ensure she is safe.

“She is not in trouble of any kind and will be welcomed home.

“I would urge anyone who might have seen her to come forward immediately.”

Sophie was described as being around 5ft 4ins tall, and of slim build with shoulder length red hair and freckles.

She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a grey checked three-quarter length coat with black Ugg boots.

Insp Guy Hamlett added: “Sophie is vulnerable due to her age and I would appeal to anybody who knows of her whereabouts or with any information who could help us find her to come forward.”

Anyone with information can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.