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Child Rescue Alert: Fears grow for Charlotte Bainbridge

Charlotte Bainbridge Image copyright Nottinghamshire Police
Image caption Police now say a reported sighting of Charlotte near the M1 was of a different girl

Fears are growing for a 14-year-old girl missing from her home after police ruled out a possible sighting.

Nottinghamshire Police activated the first UK-wide child rescue alert after Charlotte Bainbridge went missing from Chilwell, near Nottingham on Tuesday.

Police initially said a girl matching Charlotte's description was seen near junction 28 of the M1, but have since confirmed it was a different person.

A spokesman said the force was "very concerned" for Charlotte's welfare.

He said officers were keen to trace Charlotte, urging people to be vigilant and immediately report any possible sightings.

Police are now focusing inquiries around the youngster's Teesdale Court home, where they have received other unconfirmed sightings.

The force spokesman said: "Nottinghamshire Police is grateful for the assistance of the media and public so far, but concern for Charlotte's well-being is increasing the longer she is away from home.

"We are continuing to support Charlotte's family, who are extremely concerned for her safety."

Charlotte , who went missing from home at about 06:00 GMT on Tuesday, is described as white and of petite build with jawline-length hair, which may be tied up.

She was wearing black leggings, a T-shirt and a green coat with a fur-lined hood.

The child rescue alert is a UK-wide system run by the National Crime Agency and the charity Missing People, which uses email, text messages and websites including Twitter to try to secure the safe return of missing children.

It is the first time the system has been used, since its launch last May, backed by Gerry and Kate McCann, the parents of three-year-old Madeleine McCann, who disappeared while on holiday in Portugal in 2007.

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