Missing Reading schoolgirl, 15, vanishes with Rochdale boyfriend, 18, sparking manhunt for pair

By Suzanne Duffy

The hunt for a Rochdale man believed to be travelling with a missing 15-year-old Reading teenager since Wednesday is underway as police appeal for information on their whereabouts.

Nicola Barr and her boyfriend 18-year-old Jamie Bloomfield are believed to have travelled to Leamington Spa, Stoke on Trent and the Rochdale area.

There is no evidence to indicate that Nicola was taken against her will but her family are growing increasingly worried for her safety.

Inspector Jim Shaw said: “We are growing increasingly concerned for Nicola’s welfare and need to find her as soon as possible to check she is okay.”

Detective Constable Paul Jacobs added: “there is nothing to suggest Nicola has been removed from her home against her will and we are not treating this as an abduction or exploitation scenario.

“I would also like to appeal directly to both Nicola and Jamie. You are not in any trouble, we are trying to trace you to check your welfare, not to take any action against you.

“Please contact the police wherever you are by calling 101 so we can make sure you are both safe.” 

Nicola is described as white, 5ft 6ins and slim with red hair and hazel coloured eyes.

When last seen, she was wearing a dark red hooded top, black trainers and a black baseball cap with ‘Heat’ written on the front. 

However, the cap has since been found and so it is not known for certain what she is wearing now.

Anyone with information about Nicola and Jamie is urged to contact their local police force on 101, quoting Thames Valley Police URN 565 25/8 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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