Mother 'so happy' after girl found
The mother of a 14-year-old girl who was found after going missing with a convicted fraudster has said she is "so happy" her daughter is safe and well.
Lorna Vickerage was found by plain-clothes police at Euston station in central London with family friend John Bush, 35.
Bush was arrested at the scene, South Yorkshire Police said. The pair were spotted following a nationwide hunt.
Lorna's mother, Christine Vickerage, wrote on Facebook: "My gawgess lorna has just been found i am so happy."
Lorna went missing from her home near Doncaster on Monday with Bush, who has been described as an accomplished and professional fraudster. Officers said she was in local authority care and had been placed in a foster home on Friday. It appears they made their way to London via Leicester, Peterborough and Watford. Police said Bush was passing Lorna off as his daughter.
Detective Chief Inspector Craig Robinson, who led the hunt, said: "The staff we sent down from South Yorkshire to London were hot on the trail but, prior to us getting there, BTP (British Transport Police) plain-clothed officers on duty in the station saw the couple and arrested them. So it's been a fantastic result. They're both safe and well."
Speaking outside Doncaster police station, Mr Robinson said Lorna's parents were "overwhelmed and over the moon".
He said: "I've personally spoken to the mother and father and updated them with proceedings so far. Lorna will probably be brought back at a later stage tonight or in the morning. They feel absolutely overwhelmed and over the moon. They can't say how much they want to thank everyone who's been involved.
"They're absolutely so appreciative, it's unbelievable. I'm really pleased that it's come to such a pleasant conclusion, to be honest. You always fear the worst - that these things turn sour."
Mr Robinson said Lorna and Bush were both "fine". He added that Bush will be taken back from London to South Yorkshire where he will be interviewed.