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Missing Lorna 'sightings' probed
Lorna Vickerage, 14, is believed to have disappeared with 35-year-old John Bush (South Yorkshire Police/PA)
The search for a 14-year-old girl who is believed to be missing with a convicted fraudster has shifted to Leicestershire following new reported sightings of the pair and the discovery of a car.
Schoolgirl Lorna Vickerage disappeared from her home near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, on Monday and is thought to be with family friend John Bush, 35.
South Yorkshire Police said they have recovered a Ford Mondeo the pair are believed to have been using in the village of Sproxton, near Melton Mowbray, and are following up reported sightings in the area.
Detectives said the sightings in Sproxton were reported at teatime on Thursday. They believe the pair may have travelled to Melton Mowbray train station and they are trying to establish if they got on a train there. It is believed they were staying in the Sproxton area, a force spokesman said. The silver Ford Mondeo was recovered at around 6.40pm on Thursday and is now being forensically examined.
Detective Chief Inspector Craig Robinson, from South Yorkshire Police, said: "We are working closely with colleagues in Leicestershire Police to search for Lorna Vickerage and John Bush. We have extended the search from yesterday and have notified British Transport Police."
Lorna's mother Christine Vickerage took to Facebook to renew her appeal to her daughter in the early hours of Friday morning. She wrote: "i know many people will have gone to bed already but the ones still awake would u pray for me to have my baby girl bk home and safe wi me and my family thanks."
Mr Robinson, who is leading the hunt for the pair, also renewed his appeal on Friday morning. He said he believes the convicted fraudster will use his skills to hide his identity, location and pretend that Lorna is his daughter.
"We've still had no contact from Lorna or John Bush," he told Daybreak. "We are doing both covert and overt work to track these people. We would appeal to John if you are watching this bulletin, can you please make contact with police, and Lorna you are not in trouble, can you please make contact with the police?"
Bush has been described as a professional and accomplished fraudster and detectives searching for the teenager say they are not clear what his motives are for allegedly taking Lorna.
Police arrested a 35-year-old man, from Askern, near Doncaster, in connection with the investigation but stressed this was not John Bush. This man remains in custody.