Police fear missing Sophie, 17, is with older man in Blackpool

Police say they are growing increasingly concerned for a teenager missing fromeast Lancashire and now believed to be in Blackpool.

Sophie Wilson is missing from home in Nelson and officers say they now believe she is now in the Blackpool area and in the company of an older man, named as Steven Purkhardt, aged 38 and thought to be from Kirkham.

The force in the resort has appealed or anyone who sees her or Steven Purkhardt to get in touch urgently.

Sophie is 17 years old, approximately 5"5 tall, and has long blonde hair. She was last seen wearing a grey top and zip up hoody.

Have you seen these people? A picture of Sophie and Steven Purkhardt issued by Lancashire Police.

Det Ch Insp Alisa Wilson, of Lancashire's West Police, said: “We believe Sophie is in Blackpool and that she is with Steven Purkhardt, a man considerably older than her.

"As time goes on we are growing increasingly worried about her and I would appeal for the public’s help in trying to find her and make sure she is safe.

“I would also ask that if Sophie or Steven see this appeal then they come forward and contact us.”

Anyone who has seen Sophie or Steven or has any information about their whereabouts is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference 04/55085/21. For immediate sightings call 999.


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