Hunt For Laley Switches To Kent

Laley Lane has been missing from her home in Hove for more than a week. This is the latest statement from Sussex Police.

Sussex Police together with colleagues from Kent and the Metropolitan Police, continue to search for missing 13-year-old Laley Lane, who went missing from an address in Hove a week ago on Saturday 20 October.

Laley is considered to be very vulnerable and police are extremely concerned for her welfare.

 Police now believe that Laley, having travelled to London on the day she went missing, later travelled by train to Whitstable in Kent. She lived in Kent for several years before coming to Sussex and has family and friends there, particularly in the Whistable, Herne bay, Canterbury and Margate areas.

Detective Chief Inspector Jez Graves who is leading the search for Laley said: "It is essential that Laley is found as soon as possible so she can get the care and support that she needs. It is highly likely that she has already contacted or will try to contact people she knows. I want to emphasise how important it is for anyone who hears from her or knows where she is or has any information that could help us find her, to please get in touch as a matter of urgency - I would like to think that anyone who has her best interests at heart will do so."

Contact can be made with Sussex Police by telephoning 101 and quoting serial 402 24/10 or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111. You can also call the Missing People charity on their confidential 24 hour helpline - 116000.

Laley is white, about 5' 3", of slim build with hazel eyes and shoulder length hair which when last seen was pink at the front and red at the back. In previous sightings she was seen wearing a dark grey hoodie, black jeggings and black Nike trainers and carrying a small blue drawstring bag.