Desperate appeal to trace two missing schoolgirls, 12 and 15, thought to be 132 miles from home

Abbie (L) and Grace are missing
-Credit: (Image: Family Handout/PA)

Police have expressed "extreme concern" for two young girls who have disappeared from their home in Worthing, West Sussex.

Grace, 12, and Abbie, 15, were last seen in Goring-by-Sea at 8am on Friday and are thought to be travelling across the country using public transport. Sussex Police believe they may now be in Birmingham city centre.

Chief Superintendent Carwyn Hughes said: "We are extremely concerned for Grace and Abbie and we are working closely with their families and our colleagues at West Midlands Police to get them home safely."

Grace, 12, and Abbie (in black), 15, have been captured on CCTV
Grace, 12, and Abbie (in black), 15, have been captured on CCTV -Credit:Sussex Police/PA Wire

In a heartfelt plea, Abbie's guardian Lauren and Grace's mother Steph said: "We are really worried about you both and really miss you. We just want to know you're both safe.

"Please, if you see this, make contact with anyone. You are not in any trouble, we just want you both back home where you belong and where everyone cares about you both. We love you."

They added: "If anyone knows where our girls are or have seen them, call police. Their families just want them home."

Grace is described as 5ft 7in tall, of slight build, with straight dark brown hair and glasses, and was last seen wearing grey jogging bottoms, a light brown zip-up hoodie, a white vest top, white trainers, and carrying a large, light beige handbag.

Abbie is also 5ft 7in tall and is described as being of a large build with brown curly hair. She was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, black leggings, pink Nike air force trainers, Nike socks and carrying a shoulder bag, according to the police.

Authorities are appealing to anyone with CCTV or dashcam footage of someone matching the girls' description to come forward. Members of the public are urged to dial 101 for non-urgent information or 999 in an emergency, quoting Operation Sedgwick.

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