UPDATE: Missing 8-year-old girls found

Two 8-year-old girls missing in Worcester

Two 8-year-old girls missing in Worcester

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TWO eight-year-old girls went missing from their school in Warndon, Worcester, this morning.

They were found safe and well at noon in Cranham Drive, a short distance from Cranham Primary School which they left before school had started.

Headteacher Gareth Morgan said the staff at the school were made aware of the pupils' absence at about 8.50am just after the school day had started.

"The police were phoned within five or 10 minutes of us realising they weren't there," he said.

"They just hadn't turned up but apparently one of the girls had been on the playground before school hours and not been in class."

When West Mercia Police were told of the incident, Mr Morgan said the area was flooded with between 30 and 40 officers.

"The officers were incredible, and of course the parents were involved all the way through," he added.

"It was a very, very, very unusual event - I have been a teacher for 21 years and I have only known one other incident like this."

West Mercia Police posted a statement on their Facebook page following the girls being returned to school at 12.15pm.

It said: "Fab news - we've just found the two missing girls in Warndon, safe and well.

"Thanks for all your help in sharing our appeal - lots of calls and eyes and ears on the ground helped us get to this happy result."

West Mercia Police declined to give any more information.

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12:49pm Tue 25 Mar 14

disgusted with local F.A says...

Really pleased that both girls are safe and well but why were they walking to school without a adult with them
Really pleased that both girls are safe and well but why were they walking to school without a adult with them disgusted with local F.A
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1:20pm Tue 25 Mar 14

worcs84 says...

It doesn't say that they were walking alone, which I can confirm that they weren't and they ran off ahead and bypassed going to school. Please don't assume!
It doesn't say that they were walking alone, which I can confirm that they weren't and they ran off ahead and bypassed going to school. Please don't assume! worcs84
  • Score: 8

2:22pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Hwicce says...

disgusted with local F.A wrote:
Really pleased that both girls are safe and well but why were they walking to school without a adult with them
Even if they were, why shouldn't they?
[quote][p][bold]disgusted with local F.A[/bold] wrote: Really pleased that both girls are safe and well but why were they walking to school without a adult with them[/p][/quote]Even if they were, why shouldn't they? Hwicce
  • Score: 20

3:17pm Tue 25 Mar 14

disgusted with local F.A says...

I am not assuming anything Worcs84 but please tell me(a father of Five) why were they allowed to walk to school ON THEIR OWN AT 8 YRS OF AGE and Hwicce The answer to your comment is THEY ARE FAR TO YOUNG IN THIS DAY AND AGE,When I was younger it wasn't a problem for us to walk to school but in this day and age it is just not safe so do me a favour and don't reply if you have never been worried about your offsprings read the papers every single day regarding young children and frets to them wake up we are no longer in the seventies
I am not assuming anything Worcs84 but please tell me(a father of Five) why were they allowed to walk to school ON THEIR OWN AT 8 YRS OF AGE and Hwicce The answer to your comment is THEY ARE FAR TO YOUNG IN THIS DAY AND AGE,When I was younger it wasn't a problem for us to walk to school but in this day and age it is just not safe so do me a favour and don't reply if you have never been worried about your offsprings read the papers every single day regarding young children and frets to them wake up we are no longer in the seventies disgusted with local F.A
  • Score: -22

3:21pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Raniator says...

Hwicce wrote:
disgusted with local F.A wrote:
Really pleased that both girls are safe and well but why were they walking to school without a adult with them
Even if they were, why shouldn't they?
Because two 8-year old girls walking alone could go missing. If you are looking an example to my theory – try reading this story again.
[quote][p][bold]Hwicce[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]disgusted with local F.A[/bold] wrote: Really pleased that both girls are safe and well but why were they walking to school without a adult with them[/p][/quote]Even if they were, why shouldn't they?[/p][/quote]Because two 8-year old girls walking alone could go missing. If you are looking an example to my theory – try reading this story again. Raniator
  • Score: -12

3:39pm Tue 25 Mar 14

voledog says...

disgusted with local F.A wrote:
I am not assuming anything Worcs84 but please tell me(a father of Five) why were they allowed to walk to school ON THEIR OWN AT 8 YRS OF AGE and Hwicce The answer to your comment is THEY ARE FAR TO YOUNG IN THIS DAY AND AGE,When I was younger it wasn't a problem for us to walk to school but in this day and age it is just not safe so do me a favour and don't reply if you have never been worried about your offsprings read the papers every single day regarding young children and frets to them wake up we are no longer in the seventies
It certainly isn't the 1970s any longer. We now have a huge amount of child protection measures in place, an effective sex offenders register and wide spread awareness of such issues. Unlike the situation back in the 1970s when the likes of Jimmy Savile could operate with impunity and Worcester was the scene of the worst child murders of the decade. Thankfully our children are now far safer than they have ever been.
[quote][p][bold]disgusted with local F.A[/bold] wrote: I am not assuming anything Worcs84 but please tell me(a father of Five) why were they allowed to walk to school ON THEIR OWN AT 8 YRS OF AGE and Hwicce The answer to your comment is THEY ARE FAR TO YOUNG IN THIS DAY AND AGE,When I was younger it wasn't a problem for us to walk to school but in this day and age it is just not safe so do me a favour and don't reply if you have never been worried about your offsprings read the papers every single day regarding young children and frets to them wake up we are no longer in the seventies[/p][/quote]It certainly isn't the 1970s any longer. We now have a huge amount of child protection measures in place, an effective sex offenders register and wide spread awareness of such issues. Unlike the situation back in the 1970s when the likes of Jimmy Savile could operate with impunity and Worcester was the scene of the worst child murders of the decade. Thankfully our children are now far safer than they have ever been. voledog
  • Score: 28

3:45pm Tue 25 Mar 14

nevermindeh says...

disgusted with local F.A wrote:
I am not assuming anything Worcs84 but please tell me(a father of Five) why were they allowed to walk to school ON THEIR OWN AT 8 YRS OF AGE and Hwicce The answer to your comment is THEY ARE FAR TO YOUNG IN THIS DAY AND AGE,When I was younger it wasn't a problem for us to walk to school but in this day and age it is just not safe so do me a favour and don't reply if you have never been worried about your offsprings read the papers every single day regarding young children and frets to them wake up we are no longer in the seventies
WELL SAID!!!!
[quote][p][bold]disgusted with local F.A[/bold] wrote: I am not assuming anything Worcs84 but please tell me(a father of Five) why were they allowed to walk to school ON THEIR OWN AT 8 YRS OF AGE and Hwicce The answer to your comment is THEY ARE FAR TO YOUNG IN THIS DAY AND AGE,When I was younger it wasn't a problem for us to walk to school but in this day and age it is just not safe so do me a favour and don't reply if you have never been worried about your offsprings read the papers every single day regarding young children and frets to them wake up we are no longer in the seventies[/p][/quote]WELL SAID!!!! nevermindeh
  • Score: -10

4:07pm Tue 25 Mar 14

daffy says...

voledog wrote:
disgusted with local F.A wrote:
I am not assuming anything Worcs84 but please tell me(a father of Five) why were they allowed to walk to school ON THEIR OWN AT 8 YRS OF AGE and Hwicce The answer to your comment is THEY ARE FAR TO YOUNG IN THIS DAY AND AGE,When I was younger it wasn't a problem for us to walk to school but in this day and age it is just not safe so do me a favour and don't reply if you have never been worried about your offsprings read the papers every single day regarding young children and frets to them wake up we are no longer in the seventies
It certainly isn't the 1970s any longer. We now have a huge amount of child protection measures in place, an effective sex offenders register and wide spread awareness of such issues. Unlike the situation back in the 1970s when the likes of Jimmy Savile could operate with impunity and Worcester was the scene of the worst child murders of the decade. Thankfully our children are now far safer than they have ever been.
if they weren't alone how did they go missing with police alerts going out. i do hope this get investigated by social services and if not i for one would like to know why not
[quote][p][bold]voledog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]disgusted with local F.A[/bold] wrote: I am not assuming anything Worcs84 but please tell me(a father of Five) why were they allowed to walk to school ON THEIR OWN AT 8 YRS OF AGE and Hwicce The answer to your comment is THEY ARE FAR TO YOUNG IN THIS DAY AND AGE,When I was younger it wasn't a problem for us to walk to school but in this day and age it is just not safe so do me a favour and don't reply if you have never been worried about your offsprings read the papers every single day regarding young children and frets to them wake up we are no longer in the seventies[/p][/quote]It certainly isn't the 1970s any longer. We now have a huge amount of child protection measures in place, an effective sex offenders register and wide spread awareness of such issues. Unlike the situation back in the 1970s when the likes of Jimmy Savile could operate with impunity and Worcester was the scene of the worst child murders of the decade. Thankfully our children are now far safer than they have ever been.[/p][/quote]if they weren't alone how did they go missing with police alerts going out. i do hope this get investigated by social services and if not i for one would like to know why not daffy
  • Score: -8

4:31pm Tue 25 Mar 14

bigboobzbeans says...

my son was 10 (in his last year) when he first went to school on his own and even though we only lived 5 mins from that same school i was that worried sick I still rang them to make sure he got there ok there are so many weirdo's about these days you just don't know do you i for one was flashed at at the age of 10 and know how scary and horrible that was, its too late for regrets once something bad happens ,keep your kids close and make sure you watch them go in
my son was 10 (in his last year) when he first went to school on his own and even though we only lived 5 mins from that same school i was that worried sick I still rang them to make sure he got there ok there are so many weirdo's about these days you just don't know do you i for one was flashed at at the age of 10 and know how scary and horrible that was, its too late for regrets once something bad happens ,keep your kids close and make sure you watch them go in bigboobzbeans
  • Score: -5

4:32pm Tue 25 Mar 14

disgusted with local F.A says...

voledog wrote:
disgusted with local F.A wrote:
I am not assuming anything Worcs84 but please tell me(a father of Five) why were they allowed to walk to school ON THEIR OWN AT 8 YRS OF AGE and Hwicce The answer to your comment is THEY ARE FAR TO YOUNG IN THIS DAY AND AGE,When I was younger it wasn't a problem for us to walk to school but in this day and age it is just not safe so do me a favour and don't reply if you have never been worried about your offsprings read the papers every single day regarding young children and frets to them wake up we are no longer in the seventies
It certainly isn't the 1970s any longer. We now have a huge amount of child protection measures in place, an effective sex offenders register and wide spread awareness of such issues. Unlike the situation back in the 1970s when the likes of Jimmy Savile could operate with impunity and Worcester was the scene of the worst child murders of the decade. Thankfully our children are now far safer than they have ever been.
voledog You are talking complete and utter crap yes we did have vile murder in Worcester however that is a complete different entity as that was a dirty vile person who lived in the same abode my argument is why oh why do parents let young children walk alone in this day and age don't quote me on the so called system of this country as statistics prove otherwise
[quote][p][bold]voledog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]disgusted with local F.A[/bold] wrote: I am not assuming anything Worcs84 but please tell me(a father of Five) why were they allowed to walk to school ON THEIR OWN AT 8 YRS OF AGE and Hwicce The answer to your comment is THEY ARE FAR TO YOUNG IN THIS DAY AND AGE,When I was younger it wasn't a problem for us to walk to school but in this day and age it is just not safe so do me a favour and don't reply if you have never been worried about your offsprings read the papers every single day regarding young children and frets to them wake up we are no longer in the seventies[/p][/quote]It certainly isn't the 1970s any longer. We now have a huge amount of child protection measures in place, an effective sex offenders register and wide spread awareness of such issues. Unlike the situation back in the 1970s when the likes of Jimmy Savile could operate with impunity and Worcester was the scene of the worst child murders of the decade. Thankfully our children are now far safer than they have ever been.[/p][/quote]voledog You are talking complete and utter crap yes we did have vile murder in Worcester however that is a complete different entity as that was a dirty vile person who lived in the same abode my argument is why oh why do parents let young children walk alone in this day and age don't quote me on the so called system of this country as statistics prove otherwise disgusted with local F.A
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4:38pm Tue 25 Mar 14

voledog says...

disgusted with local F.A wrote:
voledog wrote:
disgusted with local F.A wrote:
I am not assuming anything Worcs84 but please tell me(a father of Five) why were they allowed to walk to school ON THEIR OWN AT 8 YRS OF AGE and Hwicce The answer to your comment is THEY ARE FAR TO YOUNG IN THIS DAY AND AGE,When I was younger it wasn't a problem for us to walk to school but in this day and age it is just not safe so do me a favour and don't reply if you have never been worried about your offsprings read the papers every single day regarding young children and frets to them wake up we are no longer in the seventies
It certainly isn't the 1970s any longer. We now have a huge amount of child protection measures in place, an effective sex offenders register and wide spread awareness of such issues. Unlike the situation back in the 1970s when the likes of Jimmy Savile could operate with impunity and Worcester was the scene of the worst child murders of the decade. Thankfully our children are now far safer than they have ever been.
voledog You are talking complete and utter crap yes we did have vile murder in Worcester however that is a complete different entity as that was a dirty vile person who lived in the same abode my argument is why oh why do parents let young children walk alone in this day and age don't quote me on the so called system of this country as statistics prove otherwise
I'm guessing that your understanding of statistics is roughly at the same level as your understanding of punctuation.
[quote][p][bold]disgusted with local F.A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]voledog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]disgusted with local F.A[/bold] wrote: I am not assuming anything Worcs84 but please tell me(a father of Five) why were they allowed to walk to school ON THEIR OWN AT 8 YRS OF AGE and Hwicce The answer to your comment is THEY ARE FAR TO YOUNG IN THIS DAY AND AGE,When I was younger it wasn't a problem for us to walk to school but in this day and age it is just not safe so do me a favour and don't reply if you have never been worried about your offsprings read the papers every single day regarding young children and frets to them wake up we are no longer in the seventies[/p][/quote]It certainly isn't the 1970s any longer. We now have a huge amount of child protection measures in place, an effective sex offenders register and wide spread awareness of such issues. Unlike the situation back in the 1970s when the likes of Jimmy Savile could operate with impunity and Worcester was the scene of the worst child murders of the decade. Thankfully our children are now far safer than they have ever been.[/p][/quote]voledog You are talking complete and utter crap yes we did have vile murder in Worcester however that is a complete different entity as that was a dirty vile person who lived in the same abode my argument is why oh why do parents let young children walk alone in this day and age don't quote me on the so called system of this country as statistics prove otherwise[/p][/quote]I'm guessing that your understanding of statistics is roughly at the same level as your understanding of punctuation. voledog
  • Score: 21

6:57pm Tue 25 Mar 14

DarrenM says...

Given that the number of child abductions in the UK has stayed roughly the same since the 1960's and the population in the meantime has increased, then actually its safer than ever for them to walk to school
Given that the number of child abductions in the UK has stayed roughly the same since the 1960's and the population in the meantime has increased, then actually its safer than ever for them to walk to school DarrenM
  • Score: 22

6:58pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Fishy says...

disgusted with local F.A wrote:
Really pleased that both girls are safe and well but why were they walking to school without a adult with them
One of the girls was seen in the playground before school suggesting an adult had already dropped her off and she left (presumably with the other).
[quote][p][bold]disgusted with local F.A[/bold] wrote: Really pleased that both girls are safe and well but why were they walking to school without a adult with them[/p][/quote]One of the girls was seen in the playground before school suggesting an adult had already dropped her off and she left (presumably with the other). Fishy
  • Score: 11

8:54pm Tue 25 Mar 14

moonpig says...

There comes a time when children have to have the responsibility of walking to school and learning how to take care of themselves in the wider world. I must confess that 8 is quite young but for all we know they may have only walked a couple of hundred yards. So many kids nowadays are mollycoddled to such a point that they are totally unable to function in the world when they are finally given the responsibility (which HAS to come at some point unless we are expected to take our kids to their first job). Whatever age you start to give children extra responsibility it is going to be hard as a parent but you are not doing them any favours if you don't let go of the apron strings a little bit at a time. As someone above correctly stated the threat of 'stranger danger' has not changed over the years, the bigger worry and danger is traffic which is why children must be taught how to cross the road correctly. Unfortunately so many parents seem to think that the best way to teach their kids road sense is to drag them across a pedestrian crossing (while it is still on red) whilst talking on their mobile phone and dodging through the cars. Maybe if we were better at teaching our kids how to be a beet streetwise then we wouldn't be so worried when they are out on their own.
There comes a time when children have to have the responsibility of walking to school and learning how to take care of themselves in the wider world. I must confess that 8 is quite young but for all we know they may have only walked a couple of hundred yards. So many kids nowadays are mollycoddled to such a point that they are totally unable to function in the world when they are finally given the responsibility (which HAS to come at some point unless we are expected to take our kids to their first job). Whatever age you start to give children extra responsibility it is going to be hard as a parent but you are not doing them any favours if you don't let go of the apron strings a little bit at a time. As someone above correctly stated the threat of 'stranger danger' has not changed over the years, the bigger worry and danger is traffic which is why children must be taught how to cross the road correctly. Unfortunately so many parents seem to think that the best way to teach their kids road sense is to drag them across a pedestrian crossing (while it is still on red) whilst talking on their mobile phone and dodging through the cars. Maybe if we were better at teaching our kids how to be a beet streetwise then we wouldn't be so worried when they are out on their own. moonpig
  • Score: 23

6:57am Wed 26 Mar 14

lyn999 says...

The main thing is, that the girls are safe, we have all done silly tings in our past, and I'm sure they got a right telling off.
The main thing is, that the girls are safe, we have all done silly tings in our past, and I'm sure they got a right telling off. lyn999
  • Score: 6

11:45am Wed 26 Mar 14

Truthtorpedo69 says...

They had been taken to school, why is everyone assuming they were walking alone and not questioning how they were able to leave the school after they had been placed in their care by their parents!!!
They had been taken to school, why is everyone assuming they were walking alone and not questioning how they were able to leave the school after they had been placed in their care by their parents!!! Truthtorpedo69
  • Score: 6

7:09pm Wed 26 Mar 14

sigh12 says...

Truthtorpedo69 wrote:
They had been taken to school, why is everyone assuming they were walking alone and not questioning how they were able to leave the school after they had been placed in their care by their parents!!!
Well said ! It's sad how people make such assumptions ! However the school should be commended for their fast response in dealing with situation very quickly
[quote][p][bold]Truthtorpedo69[/bold] wrote: They had been taken to school, why is everyone assuming they were walking alone and not questioning how they were able to leave the school after they had been placed in their care by their parents!!![/p][/quote]Well said ! It's sad how people make such assumptions ! However the school should be commended for their fast response in dealing with situation very quickly sigh12
  • Score: 8

8:01pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Slobbin says...

They weren't walking alone to school
They weren't taken away by a weirdo

Other than ignoring those basic facts, your analyses are spot on. :-/
They weren't walking alone to school They weren't taken away by a weirdo Other than ignoring those basic facts, your analyses are spot on. :-/ Slobbin
  • Score: 1

2:35am Fri 28 Mar 14

presterjohn says...

Although it is totally true that the reality is that it has never been safer for kids as the world is now so much more aware of what can happen to our kids I still would not dream of letting my children walk to school at primary school age. They are just not street wise enough. Ours are dropped off on school grounds with little opportunity for them to run off should they want to. Of course you are fooling yourself if you think kids can't plan an escape and it is not the parents or teachers fault if they do manage to abscond. You just do the best you can and trust they will be sensible.
Although it is totally true that the reality is that it has never been safer for kids as the world is now so much more aware of what can happen to our kids I still would not dream of letting my children walk to school at primary school age. They are just not street wise enough. Ours are dropped off on school grounds with little opportunity for them to run off should they want to. Of course you are fooling yourself if you think kids can't plan an escape and it is not the parents or teachers fault if they do manage to abscond. You just do the best you can and trust they will be sensible. presterjohn
  • Score: 0

7:42am Fri 28 Mar 14

redman14 says...

I think people should get the whole facts before making comments such as, "but why were they walking to school without a adult with them".
Both these girls were taken to school by ADULTS, and both girls decided to leave on their own accord. If anything maybe save your scrutiny for the security at the school perhaps?
I think people should get the whole facts before making comments such as, "but why were they walking to school without a adult with them". Both these girls were taken to school by ADULTS, and both girls decided to leave on their own accord. If anything maybe save your scrutiny for the security at the school perhaps? redman14
  • Score: 5

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