Urgent police search launched for two missing 16-year-old girls

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Police in Blackpool have urgently appealed for information from the public regarding the whereabouts of two missing teenage girls.

Megan Beard and Marissa Preston, both 16, were reported missing from their homes in Leeds on Monday.

Lancashire Constabulary has reason to believe the girls have travelled to Blackpool and are still in the area.

The force has released photos and descriptions of the teenagers as they try to track them down "as soon as possible".

Megan has been described as white, 5 ft 5 in and of slim build with blonde hair. Marissa (also known as Missy) is white, 5 ft 3 in and of very slim build with long mousey brown hair.

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Police released a statement about the girls on Tuesday, as well as requests for information across the social media accounts of both Lancashire and Humberside Police.

"We are appealing for information to help find two missing girls believed to be in Blackpool," Lancashire Constabulary's statement reads.

"Megan Beard, 16, (pictured, left) was reported as missing on Sunday (February 7) with Marissa Preston, 16, also known as 'Missy' (pictured, right), reported missing yesterday (Monday, February 8).

"Both girls, from the Yorkshire area, are believed to have travelled to Blackpool by train from Leeds.

"Megan is described as white, around 5ft 5in tall, of slim build. She has blonde hair with highlights and was last seen wearing a pale blue beany hat, a black leather jacket with a pale blue sweatshirt, black flares and white trainers. She was also carrying a rucksack.

"Marissa is white, 5ft 3in tall, of very slim build. She has long mousey brown hair tied up and was last seen wearing blue jeans a light grey jumper and a dark blue denim jacket."

Sgt Dan Whitaker, of Blackpool Police, said: "We are keen to find Megan and Marissa as soon as possible.

"We know both girls are in the Blackpool area and could be staying at an address in the resort.

"If you have any information please come forward and contact police as soon as possible."

Anyone with information about Megan or Marissa's whereabouts is urged to contact police on 101 quoting log number 0999 of February 8, and should call 999 in an emergency.

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