Missing school girl found

Missing school girl Zoya Anwar found, police said. Earlier an urgent appeal to trace an 18-year-old A-level student was issued. The police thanked the public for their help in tracing the girl.

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Missing school girl Zoya Anwar found

Missing school girl Zoya Anwar has been found in Birmingham city centre, West Midlands Police said.



Headmistress: Zoya 'has bright future ahead of her'

Zoya joined the school in the sixth form with an exemplary school record.

She has continued to achieve at a high academic standard and has a bright future ahead of her. She has firm friendships in the school and we are providing support as required to her friends and the wider school community.

We remain concerned about her safety and look forward to her return to school.

– Headmistress of the King Edward VI Handsworth School, Elisabeth Wager

Police 'very concerned' about missing Zoya

Whilst we are keeping an open mind, we are very concerned for her and need to know she is safe and well as a matter of urgency.

We are carrying out extensive inquiries to trace Zoya, with specialist officers from across the force working around the clock to try to find her.

We are looking into a number of possibilities around Zoya's disappearance, including her running away from home, her being taken against her will or any worries Zoya may have had herself.

If Zoya hears this appeal herself, I want her to know that she is not in any trouble. We just need to know that she is safe and offer her help.

– West Midlands Police Detective Superintendent Jo Chilton

'Straight A student' last seen on February 26

Zoya Anwar - who is described as a "straight A student" - was last seen by friends on Tuesday February 26 when she said goodbye to them at the school gates.

Her disappearance was not reported to police until last Friday, which prompted officers to launch a missing person inquiry.

CCTV image of Zoya Anwar who went missing on February 26. Credit: West Midlands Police

The five people arrested on suspicion of kidnap in connection with Zoya's disappearance are all known to the 18-year-old.

House-to-house inquiries and forensic searches have been carried out over the last few days and remain ongoing.

A dedicated call centre set up to allow people to pass on information about Zoya's disappearance can be reached on 0800 092 0410.

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