Parents’ desperate plea to missing Suffolk teenager Alice Brindley – “Please come home safe – we love you”

PUBLISHED: 16:16 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:16 20 March 2017

Alice Brindley, who has not returned home to Ixworth Thorpe. Picture: BRINDLEY FAMILY

Alice Brindley, who has not returned home to Ixworth Thorpe. Picture: BRINDLEY FAMILY


Parents of a missing 13-year-old girl from Ixworth Thorpe, who attends the Finborough School in Stowmarket, have pleaded with her to come home.

Paul Brindley said his teenage daughter Alice Brindley was in Cambridge yesterday (March 19) with two friends but then rather than catching the train home she got on one to Islington.

She had known the two friends for years, as had her parents, but Mr Brindley said each friend was under the impression Alice was travelling home with the other.

“She didn’t get on either train,” he said. “The last thing we heard at 9pm was that she was in the Islington area of London and was using payphones.”

She had been supposed to catch the train back home at around 6pm but was last seen at 6.30pm at the station.

Alice Brindley, from Ixworth Thorpe, who has gone missing and is believed to be in LondonAlice Brindley, from Ixworth Thorpe, who has gone missing and is believed to be in London

She is believed to have caught the train to King’s Cross railway station and then headed to Islington.

“It is also possible that Alice may be making her way towards the Walthamstow area,” said police.

Prior to attending Finborough School, Alice went to The Leys School, in Cambridge.

He said his daughter had never done this before in the past.

Police are trying to find missing teenager Alice Brindley from Ixworth ThorpePolice are trying to find missing teenager Alice Brindley from Ixworth Thorpe

Asked what message he would like Alice to hear from himself and wife Sarah, Mr Brindley said: “Please please come home safe, we love you.”

He also provided a picture that was taken yesterday morning, showing Alice just hours before she left for London.

Alice is described as white, 5ft 2in tall, of slim build with short shaved hair, although she is believed to be wearing a wig. A previous description by police said she had collar-length red hair.

She was wearing a grey hooded jumper underneath a dark-coloured Ralph Lauren padded jacket, black skinny jeans, black trainers and carrying a black leather rucksack with gold-coloured zips.

Police officers say they are concerned for the teenager’s welfare and are asking anyone who may have seen Alice or has any information about her whereabouts to contact the duty sergeant at Bury Edmunds police station on 101.

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  • @Thepedantsrevolt: I did, in fact, leave a comment on this article this morning saying that it was pretty normal for 13-year-old girls to wear makeup (having been one myself once I feel I should know) and that the bigger concern really ought to have been, as you have rightly stated, that three very young teenagers were allowed to travel such a long way without a responsible adult present and supervising them. However my comment was moderated as 'Other'. Like you, I also hope that this young girl is found safe and soon.

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    Northern Lass

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • What on earth is wrong with you people??!! A vulnerable little girl is missing in London and you are debating how much make up her parents should let her wear?! WTF? Her parents are probably beside themselves with worry. If you were to say, "what on earth are 3 13 year old girls from a rural area doing visiting london alone?" then I would agree with you, but good grief, what does the make up have to do with it? Plus, if she has kept up her cosmetic routine at the place she is staying then the pictures are realistic.

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    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • It would be good to have a realistic photograph of this child. Very hard to tell what she looks like with all that make up disguising her face.

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    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • You're right that most 13 year olds wear make-up, but that doesn't make it right. At that age they are still children, they should be having fun, not be spending so much time worrying about how they look. Of course girls of that age will start to experiment with make-up but it's up to the parents to limit how much they allow them to wear.

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    Monday, March 20, 2017

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