Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fears for Schoolgirl Missing since Date with Net Stranger

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fears for Schoolgirl Missing since Date with Net Stranger

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Byline: RICHARD EDWARDS

A SCHOOLGIRL has gone missing in London after meeting a stranger she contacted over the internet.

Fears were growing today for 15-yearold Hannah Rodrigues, who secretly arranged to meet a man in his twenties after they met in an online chatroom.

She was last seen on Wednesday afternoon, when she left her family home in St Albans and caught a bus to London.

It is believed she and the stranger had arranged to meet in Regent Street.

Detectives have scanned her computer and discovered they had been in contact on the internet earlier this week.

In an unusual move, police have released pictures of both the teenager and the man they think she met.

His photograph was on her computer and shows him posing in front of the Edwardian landmark Harrods Depository-on the River Thames near Barnes.

Hannah contacted a friend on Wednesday evening to say she was "all right", but has not been heard from since.

She was last seen at a bus stop in St Albans earlier on Wednesday as she prepared to make the one-hour journey to central London.

Detective Sergeant Gerard Ellis, of Hertfordshire Police, said: "We are very concerned for Hannah's safety, particularly since she is now with someone she has never physically met and who is not known to her friends or family."

In an appeal for help in finding her, he added: "If you have any idea as to Hannah's whereabouts, or any information which may help us trace her, please contact police urgently.

"We have a photo of the man we believe Hannah met in London. If you know this individual, please contact police urgently."

Hannah is described as white, about 5ft 4ins tall, of medium build, with mousey brown shoulder-length hair.

She was last seen wearing a black mini "ra-ra" style skirt and a black top with silver detailing. …

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