Police locate young cousins, 12 and 8, who went missing from home in the middle of the night

Joe Gamp
·Contributor, Yahoo News UK
Police say they are "deeply concerned for both girls" (SWNS)

Police have located two young cousins who went missing from their home in the middle of the night.

Leah Giles, 12 and Brianna Savage, eight, disappeared at around 1am on Thursday morning in the Greenlands area of Redditch in Worcestershire.

In an appeal to the public launched the same day, the force said it was “desperately seeking” the girls after they left home of their own accord.

But later on Thursday, West Mercia Police confirmed they had successfully found the pair, after earlier saying officers were “deeply concerned for the welfare of both girls”.

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Police said they believed nobody else was involved with their disappearance.

During the search, West Mercia Police released a photo of Leah in her school uniform and one of Brianna brushing her teeth.

A statement from the force read: “Thank you to everyone who shared our appeal to help find two girls who were missing from home in Redditch.

“We're pleased to report both girls have been found safe and well.”

Inspector Lee Page added: “We are really very grateful to everyone who shared our appeal earlier today to help find the girls and are pleased to say they have been found safe and well.”

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