The number of children who have run away from home in Gloucestershire has increased during recent years, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The charity Railway Children sent off the Freedom of Information request and discovered the numbers were rising.

The Gloucester Gazette write:

The statistics collated by the charity from Freedom of Information requests to Gloucestershire police reveal that the number of children reported missing has increased almost fourfold in four years, from 62 in 2008 to 242 in 2011, with numbers expected to increase again by the end of 2012.

Similar trends have also been noted in other areas of the UK, including Devon and Cornwall, Greater Manchester and Staffordshire, with up to five times more under-16s reported missing from home or care in 2011 than in 2008.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.