Fears are growing for the safety of a 12-year-old Corby girl who has been missing for a week.
Today, seven days after the disappearance of Heidi James, police are warning that anyone who is harbouring the child will face the full force of the law, if caught.
Heidi, understood to be a pupil at Lodge Park Technology College, Shetland Way, Corby, went missing last Tuesday.
She was last seen in the Elizabeth Street area in the town centre.
A spokesman for the police said: “Officers are keen to speak with anyone who may know of Heidi’s whereabouts, or may have seen her since she went missing.
“We are also urging her to come forward to confirm she is safe and well.
“Anyone who is found to be harbouring Heidi may face criminal proceedings.”
Heidi, who has gone missing on previous occasions, is about 5ft 2in and slim, with shoulder-length brown hair with blonde highlights which she wears in a ponytail.
When she was last seen the youngster was wearing black trousers, a black jacket and a scarf. Anyone who has seen Heidi or who has information about her whereabouts is urged to contact the police immediately.
Today officers are making their third public appeal for information and news of Heidi’s disappearance has sparked activity on social networking sites.
On the Police’s Facebook site a number of people have posted saying they hope the schoolgirl is found safe and well.
Someone else has commented: “I really hope this little girl is found safe and well, such a worry for her family and I really hope that if someone is harbouring her they do realise what worry they are putting her family through.”
Someone else said: “Why has a search not been put in place for Heidi James yet, should that not be a priority.”
Another post said: “Hopefully she’ll be hiding out at a friend’s house, safe and totally unaware of the panic she’s causing.”
Anyone with information on Heidi is asked to contact the police on 101.
Information can also be passed on anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.