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Missing girl and man seen on CCTV


The footage shows Laura with Mr Williams at Grimsby railway station

Police are continuing their search for a missing 15-year-old girl after releasing CCTV footage showing her and the man she is thought to be with.

Laura Stainforth was last seen by her parents on Wednesday when she left home in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire.

Humberside Police believe she is with 49-year-old Robert Andrew Williams who is also known as Dave Ingram.

The footage shows Laura with a bald-headed man wearing dark clothing at Grimsby railway station.

Robert Andrew Williams
Mr Williams was seen on CCTV footage with Laura Stainforth.

The teenager was positively identified in Dover on Thursday and police are now checking with ferry companies.

Her disappearance is said to be totally out of character.

Laura is described as white, of medium build, with dark brown, shoulder length hair which was tied in a ponytail.

She was last seen wearing a fawn and cream-coloured zip-up jacket and light blue jeans and black trainers.

Det Ch Insp Sharon Fielding, who is leading the investigation, said they were now "really, really concerned about her welfare".

"I am getting concerned for her, it's completely out of character.

"It's not something that she would normally do.

"She might have gone willingly with this man, she might now be in an uncomfortable position, and I would urge her to contact the police or another member of the public if she's free to do so."

Laura Stainforth
Laura's disappearance is said to be totally out of character

Police had established Laura met a man who is not connected to the Cleethorpes area.

Mr Williams is known to have links to the North of England and Scotland.

His current address is not known at this stage.

"We're keeping an open mind and urge people to continue to look for her," said Det Ch Insp Fielding.

Family members have urged the youngster to get in touch.

They have stressed that she is not in any trouble, and that they just want her to return safe and well.

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