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Baby missing from north London found in Barcelona

A baby missing from north London has been found in Barcelona after bosses at a local authority asked football fans to be on the lookout.

Farah Afzal Credit: PA Wire

Farah Afzal is at the centre of legal proceedings at the High Court and was thought to have been taken to Spain by her parents.

A judge gave permission for her identity to be revealed two weeks ago - on the day Barcelona played in a Champions League tie Manchester City - in the hope that publicity would help.

Mohamed Afzal Credit: PA Wire

Harrow Council says the little girl is safe and well and back in England after being found in Barcelona with her parents.

Zainab Rasul Credit: PA Wire

This is obviously the conclusion we all wanted after an anxious search across Barcelona.

Harrow Council officers took early and swift action to protect the welfare of this baby and laid the ground with Spanish officials for her to be returned quickly to the UK once found.

The British consul, Spanish police and the judge in the case all helped hugely in getting this child home.

This episode sends a strong message to families who believe that fleeing to Spain or anywhere instead of talking to the local authority will put an end to their troubles.

The best outcome is always to sit down and talk to the local authority sensibly and responsibly - that means we can avoid the kind of trauma and upset we have just witnessed here.

– Susan Hall, Harrow Council leader