A four-year-old girl was found safe after wandering off a mile from her home in Lower Beeding.
At about 6.25pm on Saturday, May 11, police were called to a report that a girl had gone missing from her home.
Friends and family had searched the area for about 30 minutes before calling police. The police immediately launched a search which involved 25 officers from a range of departments including Horsham and Worthing response officers, roads policing unit, the firearms unit and the neighbourhood policing team in Horsham. The police air support unit and a dog unit were also dispatched to assist.
As a result of the prompt response of the police, the little girl was found 35 minutes later by the local Police Community Support Officer about a mile from her home.
She was unharmed and happily unaware of the worry she had caused when she decided to go exploring. She was quickly reunited with her mother who has praised the police for their response and the way the situation was handled.
Inspector Clare McKnight from the Horsham Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “This was identified as a potentially serious incident from the outset and all available force resources were utilized to ensure that she was found safe and well. The local knowledge of the Police Community Support Officers proved invaluable and we were able to unite mother and daughter in a timely fashion.”