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Missing 15-year-old girl appears in Londonderry court

By George Jackson

A 15-year-old girl who was arrested by police after she was reported missing from a children's home for three days has appeared in court.

A police officer told Deputy District Judge Philip Mateer in a Londonderry court yesterday that the girl has been reported missing from her mother's home, from her father's home and from a children's home 27 times in the last 12 months, prompting police to conduct searches for her on each occasion.

The officer said the girl was “deemed to be at risk from sexual exploitation and seven ‘harbourer's notices’ have been issued in relation to her, banning seven named people from being in her company and from harbouring her”.

Mr Mateer said the case seemed to be a social service issue rather than a criminal issue.

The girl, who is charged with threatening to damage a children's home in the Waterside area of Derry last November, was released on her own bail of £25.

She was ordered to reside with her mother, who has since moved to Belfast.

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