Mother's appeal to missing Hanwell teenager Alice Gross

Family plea for 'talented' daughter

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The mother of a 14-year-old girl from west London who went missing three days ago has urged her to make contact, as celebrities joined in the appeal to trace the teenager.

Alice Gross, who has health concerns, was last seen on Thursday afternoon when she left home in Hanwell.

Mother Rosalind Hodgkiss appealed for her to "let someone know you are safe".

Celebrities including Graham Norton and Jonathan Ross have retweeted an online appeal to find her.

Police have conducted searches and house-to house inquiries and say they are "growing increasingly concerned".

Alice Gross Alice Gross was last seen on Thursday afternoon in Hanwell

The Brentside High School student has been described as being 5ft 2in tall, slim, with shoulder-length light brown hair.

When she was last seen, she was wearing dark blue jeans, a dark green lacy cardigan and denim Van's shoes. She may also be wearing tartan-framed spectacles.

'Miss you desperately'

On the Facebook group Find Alice Gross, the teenager's sister Nina Gross posted an appeal from Ms Hodgkiss.

The girls' mother wrote: "Alice if you can see this, please know sweetheart that all of us love you and miss you desperately.

"You may be sad, you may be angry, you may be hurt, you may be scared too. I just want to hug and hold you.

"Know that we love you and are there for you whatever you are going through.

"My love please get in touch and let someone know you are safe. Alice please come home. Mum xxxxxx"

Nina Gross has thanked people helping with the appeal and said: "It's very important to spread the word out of Ealing to Kew, Richmond, Brentford and other west London places. Thank you again, hopefully she will be found soon."

The "very vulnerable" teenager was last heard from at about 15:00 BST on Thursday.

She does not have her Oyster card with her and her phone appears to be switched off, her sister said on Facebook.

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