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Pupils draw pictures for Daniel
Pupil lighting a candle
Pupils have been lighting candles for Daniel

Pupils at the school of missing Daniel Entwistle have been drawing pictures and writing messages pleading for their friend to return.

A candle has been lit as a symbol of hope in the main hall of Greenacre First Middle and Nursery School close to seven-year-old Daniel's home.

One message reads: "We miss you Daniel. We want Daniel to be home to be safe.

"We don't know where you are. We wish we can find Daniel."

Headteacher Keith Egleton said: "The idea for the drawings came as a result of the assembly yesterday.

The search for Daniel
Aerial view of key locations

"The Reverend Irene Knowles, who led prayers at the assembly, suggested it might be a way for the children to express themselves and express their prayers in writing and pictures.

"These prayers will eventually be taken to the nearby church of St James's.

"It just allows the children to focus on something and put their feelings on paper."

Mr Egleton said the Critical Incident Team from the local education authority at Norfolk County Council was working in the school.

He said: "They have experience of schools that have gone through major incidents.

Martin Fuller
Daniel's teacher, Martin Fuller, holds cards from pupils

"They are particularly here for my teaching assistants who live locally and have been part of this as it unfurls."

He added: "Quite a poignant question asked by a little one is, 'Will he still be missing tomorrow?' which is a typical children's question.

"In answer, we said our prayers are that he will be found tomorrow."

Mr Egleton, who has visited Daniel's parents daily, said he went to see them last night with his wife and son.

"Their hope is he is being looked after safely somewhere by a misguided but safe person," he said.

Rachel Nixon, 10, said she and her mother Lisa, a teaching assistant, know the family well.

Rachel is one of the older pupils at the school and is specially responsible for Daniel at lunchtime.

"I miss him. We are sad and a few have been crying," she said.

Martin Fuller, Daniel's class teacher for two years, said: "The other children in the class are very worried and hope that Daniel is safe.

"It's very unsettling in the class."

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