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Prayers for missing girl

The family of the missing nine-year-old Kayleigh Ward, above, were yesterday praying for her to be reunited with them at Christmas.

But as police continued a massive hunt in the Blacon area of Chester, detectives said that her "street-wise" nature could put her in even greater danger.

More than 70 officers, including dog-handlers and an underwater team were involved. A canal near her home was to be searched.

Kayleigh disappeared after going to buy chips from a Chinese chip shop 900 yards from her home at about 6pm on Thursday.