Parents and DCI make new appeal for missing 14-year-old
28 November 2012
Police investigating the disappearance of missing Croydon teenager Shelley Pratt are today, Friday 30 November, renewing appeals for information regarding her whereabouts.
Throughout the weekend of 1st and 2nd December, officers will be handing out appeal leaflets to shoppers in the vicinity of Croydon Town Centre - an area that Shelley is known to frequent.
An image of Shelley will also be displayed on the big screen at Selhurst Park during the Crystal Palace versus Brighton game on Saturday, 1 December.
14 year-old Shelley Pratt was last seen at approx 1530hrs on Thursday 8 November after she got off a route 196 bus on Portland Road outside the Harris Academy. Shelley then started to walk south down Portland Road in the company of one other girl and a boy.
She had been wearing her school uniform trousers and a distinctive dark purple hooded jumper with the slogan 'I love (heart symbol) London.'
Shelley is described as white and around 5'6" or 5'7" inches tall with long brown hair.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Dunne said: "It has now been three weeks since Shelley went missing and concerns for her safety are understandably increasing by the day.
"Shelley has had absolutely no contact with friends or family since her disappearance. It is possible that Shelley may be with someone, perhaps in a house or a flat. I am encouraging people, particularly Croydon residents, to be 'nosey neighbours' and be extra vigilant as to the movements of any young people who are new to the area.
"I would also encourage people to look at her picture closely. This picture can be found on the Met police and Missing People websites. I urge anyone who may have seen Shelley since 8 November to contact us."
In a direct plea to Shelley, her parents Lisa and Tony Pratt, said: "Shellz, you're not in trouble. We love you and we miss you. Your brothers and sisters are missing you like mad. Ant (older brother) is missing you badly. He comes home from work, gets changed and goes out because his 'Spike' (Shelley) is not there. Nanny is not well, she just keeps crying for you. Daddy's missing you like mad. You're not in any trouble, he just wants to give you a kiss and a cuddle. Mummy is missing you like crazy. All of your aunties and uncles are missing you as well. Please come home we all love you so much. (PS: Daddy said you need to come home to help him with the Christmas lights.)"
Anyone with information about Shelley's whereabouts is urged to call the incident room on 020 8721 4906.