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Police officer to lead special assemblies at Herts and Essex High School after two girls run away in same week

A police officer is to address students at Herts and Essex High School this week about running away from home after two girls went missing in the same week.

A 15-year-old in Year 11 went missing with her 17-year-old boyfriend last Monday morning (Sept 21) for 36 hours followed by a 12-year-old in Year 8 on Friday morning for 24 hours (Sept 25).

In both cases the girls spent a night away from home and their disappearances prompted Hertfordshire Constabulary appeals to members of the public to help trace them.

In an email to parents and carers on Saturday, Herts and Essex High executive headteacher Cathy Tooze said: "We are fortunate that a local police officer, who is also one of our alumna, has offered to come into school next week to lead year group assemblies on the topic of running away and the serious impact this has for everyone involved.

"Year leaders, form tutors and teachers of PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic education) will also be working with your child on this important topic next week.

"It would be helpful if you could discuss this topic with [your child] at home. For the majority, you will need simply to acknowledge that this has sadly occurred at Herts & Essex twice within the past week.

"Some parents/carers might wish to explore the better decisions that a child might make instead of running away."

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