Jasmine Coleman: Missing girl, 12, thought to have run off with older man

Police believe Jasmine Coleman to be in the Croydon area of London

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Police are searching for a missing 12-year-old girl who ran away from her home in Lancing, West Sussex.

Jasmine Coleman is thought to have run away with an older man in the early hours on Saturday morning.

She was last seen in her bedroom, possibly talking to someone on FaceTime, at 11:30pm but had disappeared just over two hours later.

Police said that Jasmine was thought to have left in a car with an older man, heading towards London on the A24, or may have travelled somewhere by train.

She is described as white, 5ft 8in, slim, with long blonde hair and blue eyes and is said to appear older than her 12 years.

She may be wearing black riding trousers and a polo-neck top or a Paisley-pattern backless dress  and may also be carrying a large black handbag.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “Officers are working with colleagues from Surrey Police, British Transport Police and the Metropolitan Police in an urgent effort to trace Jasmine.

“Latest inquiries suggest that she may be in the Croydon area, but anyone who may have seen her or who has any information as to her possible whereabouts is asked to contact email 101@sussex.pnn.police.co.uk, or phone 101, quoting serial 145 of 21/3.”