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Two teenagers who went missing from their homes in Kent and London have been found.

The girls were located at an address in Scotland on Thursday.

They are safe and well and are receiving support from specialist police officers.

Detectives launched a high-risk missing persons investigation after the girls went missing from their homes in London and Kent.

A 54-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday and has now been charged with the abduction of a 15-year-old girl.

Jawwad Akram, of Edgware, north-west London, appeared in custody at Willesden Magistrates’ Court in the capital on Thursday.

He is charged with having arranged or facilitated the travel of the girl between Thursday, 30 September and Wednesday, 6 October, with a view to her being exploited, contrary to sections two and five of the 2015 Modern Slavery Act.

Akram is also charged with taking the girl without lawful authority or reasonable excuse between last Thursday and Tuesday, 5 October, from a person who had lawful control, under the 1984 Child Abduction Act.

Wearing cream-coloured trousers and a dark jacket, and sporting a beard, Akram indicated not guilty pleas to both charges.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at Harrow Crown Court on 4 November.

A 20-year-old man was arrested at a separate address in Scotland on Thursday and is being held in custody.