Police locate young girl in Torquay who knocked on door saying she was 'lost'

Police have issued a picture of the young girl that has gone missing in Torquay

Police have located a six-year-old girl who was seen walking alone in Torquay.

Devon and Cornwall Police were called to the Hele area of the town at around 11am on 5 April after the girl knocked at the door of a house in the town.

It was reported that the girl, who was by herself, said she was 'lost' before running away.

She is described as a white female with long blonde hair tied up in pigtails. She has a skinny build and was wearing a black coat.

A police spokesperson said: "Our primary objective is to identify and find this little girl so that we can check her safety and welfare.

"Officers have been carrying out house-to-house enquiries in efforts to identify her and searches are ongoing to find her."

Police cars outside a shop in Hele, Torquay on 5 April Credit: BPM Media

Police added: "The girl didn’t present as being in distress or upset and was last seen running in the direction of Farm Foods at around 11am.

"We have released a CCTV picture of her in hopes that someone might recognise her and let us know who she is."

The force also confirmed that a police helicopter was involved in the search for the girl. It was seen circling the Dawlish coast and Exmouth earlier today.

Anyone who recognises the girl in the image or has any information which may assist police is asked to call 999 quoting log 227 of 5 April.