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A missing ten-year-old girl sparked an urgent police investigation as fears for her safety grew on Saturday afternoon.
Sussex Police has said Willow Daubeny who disappeared just before 1.30pm in Florence Park, Chichester West Sussex, has been found.
In a statement shared over social media, the police thanked the public for helping to spread news of the search to find Willow.
The force tweeted at 3:50pm on Saturday: "We're pleased to report 10-year-old Willow Daubeny is safe and well.
"Willow had been reported missing from #Chichester, but was found in the city this afternoon. Thank you to everyone who cared and shared our appeal."
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A photo of Willow wearing a yellow jumper was shared by Sussex Police in a bid for the public's help in identifying her.
In response to the tweet confirming Willow's safety, followers of Sussex Police expressed their relief and congratulated officers on the job.
According to Full Fact, a total of 218,707 incidents of missing children were recorded in 2018/19, with some children go missing multiple times in the same year.
Figures reveal that just as in the case of Willow Daubeny in Chichester, most reports of most missing children are resolved quickly without the child being harmed.
Fortunately 98% of recorded incidents involving missing children in England and Wales, no harm was recorded.
Police data however is based on whether the found child reports any harm being inflicted on them during their disappearance.
Just over half of missing child cases are resolved within eight hours and 80% are recorded as being closed after 24 hours, Full Fact reports based on UK police data.
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