A missing teenager has been found by security staff in Birmingham city centre, a day after five people were arrested on suspicion of kidnapping her.
West Midlands Police said 18 year-old Zoya Anwar from Walsall will be spoken to by specially trained officers but appears to be ‘safe and well’.
She was spotted last night by shopping centre security guards who had seen a police appeal for help which attracted huge attention, including on social media sites Twitter and Facebook.
Miss Anwar, a sixth-former at the King Edward VI Handsworth School, was reported missing last Friday after last being seen outside school three days earlier.
Five people were arrested on suspicion of her kidnap, but officers investigating her disappearance released the suspects after a number of sightings of the teenager in the Birmingham area.
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “Missing Walsall teenager Zoya Anwar has been found in Birmingham city centre. Zoya has been taken to Birmingham Central police station where specially trained officers will be speaking to her to shortly to make sure she is OK.
“Initial indications are that security staff at a shopping centre in the city spotted her, it is unclear at this stage whether that was on camera or in person, and those security guards have called police having seen the press appeal and police have attended and collected Zoya from that location.
“Indications are that she is safe and well.” He added that more details are expected later today.