The Sun : Cops searching for missing schoolgirl, 16, arrest man and woman on suspicion of kidnap

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POLICE searching for a missing 16-year-old girl have arrested a man and woman on suspicion of kidnap.

Louise Smith disappeared from her home in Havant, Hants, a week ago.

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Louise Smith, 16, disappeared near her home in Havant, Hampshire, a week ago[/caption]

Detectives managed to trace her mobile phone to a skatepark on Friday before before it was switched off two hours later.

They said today a man and woman, both aged 29, have been arrested on suspicion of kidnap and remain in custody.

Officers launched a huge search for the teenager after she vanished and have been trawling CCTV in the area for any sign of Louise.

Chief Inspector Alex Reading said: "We'd like to reassure people that this is still very much a missing person investigation and our priority is to find Louise and make sure she is safe.

Louise, if you are reading this, please call us and let us know you are ok. We just want to know that you are safe.

"If you feel you cannot call us, then please call a friend or a loved one – we need to know that you are ok."


Worried friends and relatives have set up a website for people to share and leave messages and to help co-ordinate the search.

The last reported sighting of Louise was in Somborne Drive, Havant and she was thought to be wearing black jeans, a black and white striped tee-shirt, black trainers and a black coat with a fur hood.

A picture released by her family showed her in a teal dress which she is believed to have worn to her school prom.

She was described as white, around 5ft 2in, of slim build and with straight, black, shoulder-length hair.

Kat Foy, who has created a community group dedicated to finding Louise, said: "The country is in crisis and we remain on lockdown. We ask at this stage that you respect the police who have not requested the public to do their own searches.

"They have asked if you have information to contact them.

"They are in the important part of their search, the police are the experts at this stage. Please refrain from doing your own searches it will hinder the police.

"When they require the public to search they will request this, we are here to raise awareness.

"Louise is missing, we are not here to overwhelm Louise or worry her. Please, if you sight Louise please do not approach her, it may scare her, please dial 101."

Louise's phone was switched off two hours after she was last seen
Hampshire Constabulary

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A picture released by her family showed her in a teal dress which she is believed to have worn to her school prom[/caption]

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