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BREAKING NEWS: Parents appeal for return of missing Croydon schoolgirl Shelley Pratt

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A TEENAGER who has been missing for more than three weeks was abducted for three days last year and found under the bed of a 19-year-old man, it has emerged.
The parents of 14-year-old Shelley Pratt - last seen on a bus in South Norwood Hill at 3.15pm on Thursday, November 8 - made an emotional plea for their daughter's safe return at a police press conference this lunchtime (Friday).
Lisa and Tony Pratt spoke of their heartache as it was revealed Shelley, who attends Westwood Girls' College, in Upper Norwood, vanished for three days last year, before being found in the home of a 19-year-old man, hiding under the bed.
Police refused to comment further on this, when pressed by reporters, but said they are concerned by a lack of leads in this case.
DCI Mark Dunne said: "What has raised my concerns is the fact that we have had absolutely no contact, and that is what concerns me. She is a vulnerable girl."
Shelley's dad Tony: "She's a massive daddy's girl. She's been stripping cars with me since she was three years old.
"Everything I did, she was there. She wouldn't do this to me or her family.
"It feels like my right arm has been cut off."
He added: "Whenever anyone showed her any attention, she loved them. She's very vulnerable but she's strong-minded and she's strong as an ox." He added: "I've been out every night on my bike looking for her, whether it's snowing or raining I'm there. "She loves Christmas, she'd never miss it. We just want her home."
Mum Lisa is convinced that her daughter has been abducted.
She said: "I think someone has taken her.
"I wish they'd let her go so she can come home."
Police also revealed that Shelley's Oyster Card had been used in the hours after the last sighting, though it's not clear whether the card was used by her or someone else.
Shelley is white, has long brown hair and is about 5ft 4in.
Anyone with information is asked to call 020 8721 4906.

BREAKING NEWS: Parents appeal for return of missing Croydon schoolgirl Shelley Pratt


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