Police are looking for a missing 11-year-old girl who is believed to have traveled from Greater Manchester to London overnight.
Fatuma Kadir’s parents from Bolton have urged her to let her know she is safe after leaving the house without her knowledge on Thursday evening before taking multiple trains to London Euston at 1:13 a.m. on Friday.
Greater Manchester police believe she was at London Bridge tube station at 11:16 a.m. on Friday and may be in the Tower Bridge area. The police said they were “extremely concerned” for her welfare.
CCTV pictures showed the girl with a man and a woman – one picture of the trio was released. Police believe the couple were worried about Fatuma and traveled on the same train as them from Bolton to Manchester Piccadilly and then to Birmingham New Street. Police say they stopped traveling to London, but they believe Fatuma told them where she was going after they arrived and hope to track them down.
The school girl’s parents, Asheem and Misra, said they were in “shock”.
In a statement they said, “We miss you, we want you to come home. At least we want to know that you are safe. You have no difficulty. Please contact us or the police. If anyone knows where she is or has seen her, please contact the police. We are in shock. We want to know where she is, who she is with, but above all, that she is safe. Fatuma, please come home. “
Fatuma was reported missing just before 10:45 p.m. on Thursday evening. After research, it was found that she had boarded a train from Manchester Piccadilly to Birmingham New Street at 9:27 p.m. before boarding another train to London Euston at 11:10 p.m.
Fatuma, who arrived at Euston Station alone, is described as an Asian woman, is about 1.6 meters tall and slender. She was last seen wearing a black headscarf and black dress.
DCI Paul Rollinson of Greater Manchester Police Department said: “We are understandably very concerned about the welfare of this young girl who was reported missing to us last night because she seems extremely atypical.
“We worked all night with colleagues from the British Transport Police (BTP) and the Metropolitan Police and are now posting a CCTV image of the three of them arriving at Manchester Piccadilly station.
“We want to make sure that the girl is fine and ask everyone with information – no matter how small they may be – to get in touch.”
Detectives say Fatuma was ambitious to own a clothing company in London and may have traveled to the city to pursue her ambitions to start a business.
Fatuma has been described as “street smart” and “confident”, but Rollinson said she was still “very vulnerable”.
He said, “She’s street smart, she has a certain sense. But at the age of 11 she is still very, very vulnerable. She has never been alone and does not travel to city centers alone. She has never been alone in London. But her family said that she is very intelligent and can be very confident. “
Fatuma is said to have a cell phone with her, but it’s currently not working.
Anyone with information can report 0161 856 5757 using protocol number 3275 dated 07/22/2021 or online at www.gmp.police.uk
People can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.