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International Search Started for Missing 13 Year old Girl from Wimbledon

Detectives investigating the disappearance of a 13-year-old Wimbledon girl believe that she has travelled to Poland with a friend of her mother's.

Serena Alexander-Benson, 13, was last seen by her father leaving their home address in Wimbledon at around 07.50am on Friday, 25 May. She had told her father that she was going to school, but she did not arrive.

Police enquiries have established that Serena left the UK at Folkestone on the morning of 25 May on a EuroTunnel train. She was travelling in a car with a female friend of her mother's who is a Polish national who lives in London.

CID officers based at Wandsworth are investigating.

Active lines of inquiry are being pursued by officers, working with the National Crime Agency and the Polish authorities.

Detectives are not releasing further details at this stage of the route Serena and the woman have taken, nor of how it has been established that they are in Poland, where Serena's mother lives.

At this stage, the priority of officers is to confirm Serena's exact whereabouts and confirm that she is safe. Any potential offences will be considered in due course.

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