The parents of a missing 11-year-old girl have said they are in a “state of shock” and urged her to let them know she is safe.
Fatuma Kadir, from Bolton, was seen on CCTV with a man and a woman 200 miles from home before police launched an urgent appeal.
Greater Manchester Police said in an update tonight they believe she was at London Bridge Station at 11.16am on Friday and may be in the area around Tower Bridge.
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.
“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 and was seen at London Euston station in the early hours of this morning.
She was seen to have boarded a train from Manchester Piccadilly at 9.27pm to Birmingham New Street before boarding another train from there at 11.10pm to London Euston where she arrived at 1.13am.
CCTV shows Fatuma travelling with a man and a woman.
Police released the image of the three of them in the hope that anyone with information comes forward to try and find the girl.
Detectives trying to trace the missing 11-year-old say she had aspirations of owning a clothing company in London.
During a press conference on Friday night, Detective Chief Inspector Paul Rollinson said Fatuma may have travelled to the city to pursue her ambition of setting up a business near London Tower Bridge.
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.”
Several public sightings near London Bridge Tube Station have led police to believe she may still be in the Tower Bridge area.
The young girl is said to have not spoken to friends or family about her plans to catch a train to the capital.
Authorities are “extremely concerned about the welfare” of the young girl and have described the events as “extremely out of character”.
Fatuma was described as “street smart” and “confident”, but Greater Manchester Police Detective Chief Inspector Paul Rollinson said she was still “very vulnerable”.
Mr Rollinson said: “She’s street smart, she’s got some wits about her. But she’s still very, very vulnerable at 11 years old.
“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.
“But her family have said she’s very intelligent and can be very confident.”
The force is also looking to trace a man and woman who they believe were worried about Fatuma and travelled on the same train as her from Bolton to Manchester Piccadilly and then to Birmingham New Street.
Police believe the man and woman may know where Fatuma was going after arriving in London.
Fatuma is said to have a mobile phone with her but it is currently not working.
Fatuma is described as an Asian female of slim build and was last seen wearing a black headscarf and black dress.
She was in the company of a woman who is described as black, of slim build, wearing a light blue tunic, black pants and black trainers with a white sole.
The woman’s face was covered with a white face mask and she was carrying an orange carrier bag.
Fatuma was seen to leave Euston station alone onto Eversholt Street towards Euston Road.
Anyone with information can 0161 856 5757 quoting log number 3275 of 22/07/2021 or report it online at www.gmp.police.uk.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.