Three arrested over ‘kidnap’ as girl disappears from party 175 miles away from home

Three males have been arrested on suspicion of kidnap as a hunt is underneath approach in London for a 13-year-old girl who disappeared from her Yorkshire home.

The three males underneath arrest, all of their twenties, are being held in police custody.

Officers say Carmelle Hepi might now be with an older male, however have no idea the place the pair are.

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{The teenager}, who had left her home in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, on Saturday, went to a birthday party at round 10pm that evening in Peckham, south London, with a number of different youngsters.

She vanished after leaving with one other group of individuals in a automotive at round 11pm, in response to detectives.

They imagine she additionally went to addresses in Croydon and Lewisham in south London, and Purfleet in Essex.

A social media enchantment to assist discover her has been launched, and pictures has been launched displaying her going right into a Primark in Excessive Avenue, Croydon, at round 4.45pm on Saturday, earlier than leaving at 5.05pm.

The clip exhibits her carrying a pink-and-white jacket, which detectives say she should be carrying.

Carmelle’s household reported her lacking within the early hours of Sunday. The day earlier than, she had caught a prepare from Barnsley station to Sheffield, earlier than travelling to London Kings Cross St Pancras, arriving at about 6.09pm, police say.

Officers, who’re in common contact with Carmelle’s household in Barnsley, say they’ve spoken to different individuals who had been on the party in Watling Avenue on Saturday evening.

They’re utilizing a picture of Carmelle taken in a automotive, believed to have been taken within the Peckham space on Sunday, in an enchantment for data on the place she went.

The Metropolitan Police stated: “Whereas there is no such thing as a data at the moment to counsel that Carmelle has come to severe hurt, attributable to her age, vulnerabilities and considerations round who she could also be associating with, the investigation to find her is being led by detectives from specialist crime.”

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Chris Wooden addressed {the teenager} in an enchantment, saying: “Carmelle, I would like you to know that you’re not in any hassle by any means. Our one and solely focus is ensuring that you’re secure and properly.

“Please name 999 and communicate to us, or go to a police station, and we’ll get you again home safely.

“Your loved ones are desperately fearful about you and whereas we’re supporting them as finest we will, they should know that you simply’re OK and to return home.

“They can not relaxation till you’re again with them.”

DCI Wooden added: “As properly as the arrests made, we’ve got spoken to a number of individuals, searched quite a lot of addresses and officers are conducting in depth CCTV enquiries, together with numerous different leads we’re pursuing…

“In case you have seen Carmelle, or you recognize her and have details about the place she is or has been, it’s crucial that you simply contact us.

“It doesn’t matter when you’re a pal who has heard or seen one thing in passing – you received’t be in hassle.”

Anybody who sees Carmelle is requested to name 999 instantly.

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