Leicester

Ana Simeonova disappearance: Eighth man arrested

Ana Simeonova Image copyright Leicestershire Police
Image caption Ana Simeonova cannot communicate in English

An eighth man has been arrested over the disappearance of a 15-year-old girl who went missing in Leicester.

Ana Simeonova, who arrived in the UK from Poland five weeks ago, was seen in the Lee Circle area on 25 March.

A police spokesman said there was no evidence to suggest Ana had been harmed "or been a victim of crime" but said officers were keeping an open mind.

A 29-year-old man remains in police custody, while others have either been released on bail or without charge.

Six men, aged 19, 26, 28, 31, 33 and 53, who were arrested have been released on police bail while a 35-year-old man has been released without charge.

Concerned for welfare

Ms Simeonova, who was born in Bulgaria, cannot speak or read English.

She was last seen wearing a black cardigan, black leggings with an animal print along the sides and a multi-coloured top with thin shoulder straps.

Insp Simon Preston, of Leicestershire Police, said: "Ana has not been seen for more than a week now and we are growing increasingly concerned for her welfare.

"Ana may have left home of her own accord but we're looking at the possibility that there may be third party involvement."

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