Missing York girls were in country illegally and ‘left city by taxi’

Safe: Luong Phan (left) and Tram Le
12 Jul 2017 @ 7.33 pm
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More details have emerged about the Vietnamese girls missing from York – as police say they have ‘real concerns’ about their safety.

Police believe that Thi Phan, 15, and 14-year-old Tram Le, who have been missing from York since Sunday afternoon, travelled out of the city on their own accord.

They were last seen near York Minster at around 12.30pm on Sunday (July 9). It is thought that they left the city by taxi shortly after that sighting.

The two girls had been living in the care of local authorities in York since arriving in the country illegally several months ago.

‘We have real concerns’

Both girls are around 5ft 2ins tall. Tram Le was last seen wearing a blue and white top and black trousers and Thi Phan was wearing jeans and a baggy shirt.

However the girls may have changed clothes since then.

Chief Inspector Allan Wescott of North Yorkshire Police, is one of the officers leading the search. He said:

We have real concerns about the welfare of both Thi Phan and Tram Le and our main priority is to locate them as quickly, and as safely, as possible.

We’re following a number of lines of enquiry, including one particular strong lead about where they could be, and would like to thank the public and media for their assistance so far.

We urge the public to keep a look out for the girls and contact us as a matter of urgency if they believe they have seen them, or have any information which could help us to identify their whereabouts.

This is a priority for us and your call, however insignificant it may seem, could be critical in helping to find them.

If you have any immediate sightings of the girls please call 999. If you have seen the two girls or have any information which could help the investigation please contact police immediately – details below.

north-yorkshire-police-logo-25How to help the police

Call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1 and ask for the Force Control Room
Or call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111
Quote reference number 12170120099