Shelley Pratt: Man seen on CCTV with missing teenage girl

CCTV showing Shelley Pratt walking with a young man
Image caption Police want help identifying the man with Shelley

CCTV footage has been released showing a man walking with a teenage girl who has been missing for five weeks.

The footage shows Shelley Pratt, 14, walking with a young man along Croydon High Street in south London just after midnight on 9 November.

Police believe Shelley's Oyster card was used minutes later to board a route 60 bus heading towards Coulsdon.

Her parents have made another appeal, this time asking her to come home for Christmas.

Lisa and Tony Pratt, from Croydon, said there were presents under the tree for her but without their daughter "there will be no Christmas".

Image caption Police said they are concerned for Shelley Pratt's safety

"Shellz, please get in touch with us, we are desperate to hear your voice and know that you are safe and well," they said.

"We are all missing you like mad. We love you, please please come home."

Det Ch Insp Mark Dunne said: "It has now been five weeks since Shelley went missing and concerns for her safety and welfare, especially in this extremely cold weather, are heightened.

"Shelley has had absolutely no contact with friends or family since her disappearance and it is possible that she may be with someone, perhaps in a house or a flat."

"I am encouraging people, particularly Croydon residents, to look closely at the image of the young man seen next to her.

"Do you recognise him or see him moments before approaching Shelley, talking to a number of passing girls on the opposite pavement, clearly trying to get their attention?

The 14-year-old has gone missing twice before but not for as long.

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