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Girl who went missing from her home in Bolton found in London

Written by on 24/07/2021

An 11-year-old girl who went missing from her home in Bolton with a “substantial” amount of money has been found “safe and well” in London, police have said.

Fatuma Kadir’s parents are said to be “incredibly relieved” after they had appealed for her to return home quickly.

Greater Manchester Police have said they are now working to reunite Fatuma with her family.

Earlier on Saturday, her father Asheem told a news conference her behaviour was “normal” before she left, adding he had “no idea what’s caused this, no idea whatsoever”.

“Why she went to London we have no idea.”

According to friends and family, Fatuma apparently aspired to move to London when she was older, and took it “quite seriously”.

Father and mother of missing girl Fatuma from Bolton. Mother Misra and father Asheem
Image: Fatuma’s mother Misra and her father Asheem had appealed for their daughter to return home quickly

The family said: “She’s quite friendly at school… she’s friends with everyone.”

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Paul Robinson, detective chief inspector with Bolton Police, said after the girl was found: “We are delighted to confirm that Fatuma Kadir has been found safe and well.

“She was found in London earlier today so we are now working to reunite her with her parents, who are as you can imagine, incredibly relieved.

“The last couple of days have been every parent’s worst nightmare, so I know the will agree with me when I say a huge thank you to everyone who has shared our appeal to find Fatuma. Your help has been invaluable, so thank you.

“We would now ask that their privacy be respected, so they can be together as a family.”

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