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Last Updated: Monday, 23 January 2006, 11:17 GMT
Three missing schoolgirls found
(Left to right) Tamara Johnson-Smith, Sapphire Mathewman and Shannon Webb-Patrick
Police said they were concerned for the girls' welfare
Three teenage girls, missing from their homes in Northamptonshire since Friday, have been found safe and well.

Tamara Johnson-Smith and Sapphire Mathewman, both from Higham Ferrers, and Shannon Webb-Patrick, from Rushden, vanished on Friday.

Northants Police said the 14-year-olds were found in Wellingborough, about six miles from their homes.

Police said one of the girls, Sapphire, had been missing before but not the other two.

The girls, who all attend The Ferrers School, in Higham Ferrers, were reported missing after they failed to turn up for lessons.

Two of them were spotted in Rushden High Street on Friday afternoon.

A police spokesman said: "The three missing girls have been found safe and well in Wellingborough."

The spokesman said the girls were being spoken to by officers during the day but it was unclear whether any further action would be taken.

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