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Reported Missing highlights the great work our officers do and the fears children face

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BBC One’s Reported Missing has left viewers overwhelmed and praising the good work our officers are doing every day to help find and return missing children.

The hard-hitting documentary showed the perspective of parents and missing children, highlighting the harsh reality that children are running away from home because they fear to lose their friends and being bullied at school.

The first programme of its kind highlighted Durham Police picking up the pieces for the families of bullied school children.

Talking to the officers, parents and those children who went missing about their feelings, fears and joy of being reunited with a missing child.

One of the boys featured within the programme was 12-year-old Joshua who was found 42 miles away from home following a huge scale police operation to find him.

When asked why he went missing he said: “it’s hard to be a kid that’s not normal and gets bullied and punched in the face by other kids”.

Being bullied at school was the reason Joshua ran away leaving his single mum fearing the worst, He had travelled 42 miles without a penny in his pocket.

The police officer who travelled from Durham to Northumbria to collect Joshua has been hailed brilliant officer and a true credit to Durham Police for the way he handled and made relations to Joshua love of superheroes to ensure he came back home to high worried mum.

Making the comparison to his bedroom as a place of safety when he feels scared and fears being bullied.

Another missing child named Kaite left a suicide note and sent text messages to her only friend telling her she was running away and going to kill herself.

Katie thanked her friend for being the best friend anyone could ask for before running away and sparking a major search that lasted hours.

Her mum spoke of her fear that she had failed to protect her own daughter from those who were hurting her and bullying her at school.

PC Matt Gunby described how he felt while supporting Katie’s, many have hailed him a great officer who handled the case very well, under very difficult circumstances. PC Gunby stayed with Katie’s mum updating her constantly and trying to gather as much information about missing Katie as possible to help units on the ground locate her.

During an interview he describes how he can relate to Kaite’s story having been bullied himself at school.

Reported Missing highlighted that more should be done within schools to prevent bullying and that those who go missing are crying out for help.

We would highly recommend if you missed Reported Missing that you head over to iPlayer and watch it.

When a missing person is reunited with a family member it is just the start of another story.

Help and support is on hand If you would like some help or support missing people are here 24 hours a day they can talk to you right now by phone + txt on 116 000 + email [email protected]

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Urgent appeal takes 2 seconds to share to help find missing teen from York

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Please share this picture far and wide in hope that we can bring this 13-year-old back home . It only takes one person who shares this to spot her and be that’s difference

North Yorkshire Police is urgently appealing for information to help find a missing 13-year-old girl from York.

Elise Donoghue was last seen leaving her drama class at the York Theatre Royal on St Leonard’s Place just before 8pm on 19 October.

It’s thought Elise is without money or access to a mobile phone, and she is considered vulnerable due to her age.

Police enquiries have been ongoing to locate in York where it is known she has connections in the Fulford and Danesgate areas of the city.

There is also a possibility she headed to York Railway Station and boarded a train heading towards the north-west where she has friends in the Cheshire area. British Transport Police is assisting with enquiries.

Elise is described as white, 5ft 2in tall, blonde hair with a medium build. When she was seen she was wearing a grey hooded -top, black leggings, black Ugg boots and she carrying a shoulder bag.

Anyone who knows where Elise is or have seen a girl matching her description, please call North Yorkshire Police as a matter of urgency on 101, select option 1, and speak to the Force Control Room. Please quote reference number 12170187979.

If Elise you are reading this there is help and support available simply call or text 116000 they will be able to help you free and confidential.

Anyone who is currently missing from home Missing people are here to help you whenever you are ready; they can listen, talk you through what help you need, pass a message for you and help you to be safe. Call. Text. Anytime. Free. Confidential. 116000

They are also on hand to provide support for anyone who has been recently returned home having been missing.

 

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Police Dog Blue finds missing vulnerable teenager hidden in woodland undergrowth

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Police Dog Blue and his handler from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) Dog Unit found a vulnerable teenager on Wednesday (October 18).

Officers were called to an address in Friday Bridge, Cambridgeshire at around 10.45pm after concerns were raised about a teenager who had gone missing.

Due to concerns for her welfare, PD Blue and his handler were also called to assist with the search.

German Shepherd Blue was deployed and began searching the local area. Whilst going down a nearby lane, Blue led his handler into an area of woodland and undergrowth.

It was here that the pair found the missing teenager. They were then able to provide immediate care before other officers arrived to take her home.

Inspector Iain Clark, who is the head of the BCH Dog Unit, said: “The officers had numerous places to search and I am glad PD Blue and his handler were able to provide assistance, which saw the teenager safely found within a short period of time.

“I am proud of their work and this is another great example of how the BCH Dog Unit can support other officers around the three counties.”

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Man admitted to racially harassing security guards at Student Halls

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A man who admitted racially harassing security guards at student halls has been served with a Community Order and a fine.

The 22-year-old from Luton pleaded guilty to two counts of racially aggravated harassment and criminal damage at Luton Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Thursday). The sentencing followed an incident in student halls in Luton on 24 September.

Hate Crime Sergeant James Hart said: “This was an unacceptable incident which was extremely distressing for the victims. We won’t tolerate hate crime in our county as everyone has the right to live free from fear or harassment.

“We hope this case will provide reassurance to victims that we take hate crime offences very seriously. Victims should not have to suffer such abuse and should feel comfortable reporting their experiences to the authorities.”

The man was handed a 12-week curfew with electronic tag and must pay £100 compensation to the victims.

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