Police are appealing for the public’s help in tracing a 16 year old Hartlepool girl.

Sophie Bell was last seen by friends from Hartlepool College at around 4pm yesterday, Monday 27th January at the entrance to the college which she attends. She usually gets the bus home but did not return home and has not been seen since yesterday afternoon.

Sophie has not gone missing before and she does not have a mobile phone on here so police are concerned for her welfare.

She is described as white, 5’ 6” of medium build with long straight brown/red hair. She was wearing a blue Barbour jacket, black or blue leggings and black and pink trainers.

Anyone who has seen Sophie or who knows where she is should contact Hartlepool Sergeants’ Office on 101.