In 2015, 533 youngsters went missing, compared to 388 the previous year. Twelve of those were gone for more than a month before returning.

A Gazette Freedom of Information request obtained the figures from Hackney Council, though the interim director of children’s services Steve Liddicott said the rise was a reflection of more reliable reporting since 2014.

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