Runaway girl, 15, believed to be with older 'boyfriend' (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Runaway girl, 15, believed to be with older 'boyfriend'
The mother of a missing 15-year-old girl, who is thought to be with a man she has described as her boyfriend, believes her daughter is in danger.
Saba Ishtiaq was last seen waiting for a bus outside her home in Chingford Mount Road, Chingford, on August 23 at around 3.30pm.
She said she was going to meet friends at the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford, but did not return home that night.
Saba, who has run away from home several times in the last two years, told her mother recently that she was in a relationship with a 19-year-old man and that she was pregnant, although this cannot be confirmed.
Mother, Saiqa Sajjad, 35, said: ”She told me ‘I’ve got love’. She thinks it’s love but it could be actually someone abusing her.”
Mrs Sajjad, who has only just been given the all clear after undergoing surgery for cancer earlier this year, said her daughter has changed over the last two years.
She said:” She’s never been in trouble. I can’t even remember a time when she’s done anything wrong.
“She was like an angel. It’s totally out of character.”
In 2011 Mrs Sajjad noticed Saba was in contact with a group of older men on Facebook.
When Saba was just 14, Mrs Sajjad saw an older man waiting for her outside the school and chased him down the road telling him to leave her daughter alone.
Mrs Sajjad is concerned that her daughter’s new ‘boyfriend’ is in fact one of these men.
With Saba’s GCSEs coming up in November, Mrs Sajjad just wants her daughter home where she knows she is safe.
She said: “I’m not angry. Whatever happened, it doesn’t matter. I just want her to come home.”
Detective Inspector Spencer said: “Police are currently undertaking a missing person enquiry in relation to Saba Ishtiaq.
“We are actively pursuing a number of lines of enquiry to locate Saba which include who she may be staying with.
“At this stage we do not have an exact location for Saba, although we have reason to believe that she is staying in the Ilford area.
“We are keen to speak with Saba or anyone who may know of her whereabouts.
“We can assure Saba that she is not in any trouble and we are only concerned to make sure that she is safe.”
Anyone who knows of Saba’s whereabouts should contact the Waltham Forest Police Missing Persons Unit on 020 3276 0987 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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