Mother's desperate plea to daughter

A DESPERATE mother has begged her missing teenage daughter to get in touch as police step up their search for the youngster.Kerry Nicol said her fears for her 19-year-old daughter Tania were growing by the day after she disappeared last Tuesday.

A DESPERATE mother has begged her missing teenage daughter to get in touch as police step up their search for the youngster.

Kerry Nicol said her fears for 19-year-old daughter Tania, who works as a prostitute, were growing by the day after she disappeared last Tuesday.

And detectives said they were growing increasingly concerned for the safety of the young woman.

Speaking directly to her daughter, Mrs Nicol said: “Tania, just please pick up the phone and give me a call.


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She added: “Or if any or her friends know anything please let me know.”

Tania left the house she shares with her mother in Woolverstone Close, Ipswich, at around 10pm on October 30 and has not been seen since.

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Her mother believes the 19-year-old was heading into the town centre to work in the Handford Road and Burlington Road area.

Mrs Nicol said Tania had been missing for a few days before but had always got in touch.

She said: “Once she stayed out for four days but she always phones to let me know she is safe.

“She is normally just staying at a friend's house and always calls me after a day or two.

“I left it a few days and kept thinking she would come home at any time. It wasn't until the following Wednesday that I called police and even then I half expected her to walk through the door.”

Mrs Nicol waited two days before she called police at 10.45pm on November 1 to report her daughter missing.

At a press conference held at Ipswich police station yesterday, Detective Chief Inspector John Quinton said they had become extremely worried for Tania's safety because of the vulnerable lifestyle she led.

He said: “Because of her lifestyle and the fact that she is known to work as a prostitute we need to find her and be assured that she is safe and well.

“Friends and family have been spoken to and addresses she is believed to frequent have been checked but to no avail.”

Mr Quinton said it was thought Tania would have caught a bus from Belmont Road to the town centre and police have attempted to check CCTV footage on buses to trace her movements.

He added: “Unfortunately the work we have done to date has not found her on any of those buses.

“We would like to appeal to anybody who knows where Tania is to contact us or for Tania to contact us herself.”

Tania is olive-skinned, 5ft 2in, slim build, with shoulder-length light brown hair, brown eyes and a spotty complexion.

The last time she was seen by her mother she was wearing a black jacket, blue jeans that were either full or three-quarter in length, and high-heeled shoes.

Anyone with information should contact Suffolk police on 01473 613588 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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