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Family make plea for safe return of missing schoolgirl

By Dominic Harris

The family of a teenager who went missing from her home five days ago have made an emotional appeal for her to get in touch with them, saying they “desperately miss her”.

Alice Gross (14) was last seen by her mother at 1pm on Thursday when she left her home in Ealing, west London.

Alice, a pupil at Brentside High School, told her mum, Rosalind Hodgkiss, she would be home by 6pm but has not been seen since then.

Police and her family are increasingly concerned for the teenager as she has a health condition that needs treatment.

Ms Hodgkiss said: “What I would want to say is whatever she feels, or might have happened, we are not angry with her.

“We love her, we desperately miss her, we want to support her whatever is going on in her thoughts.”

Sergeant Chris Naughton, from the Metropolitan Police, said there was a chance that she could have friends on the internet that she had gone to meet.

“Alice is a 14-year-old girl and like any teenager she goes online, and could have met people online,” he said.

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