CHESHIRE Police have thanked the public for their help in finding missing teenager Jade Lynch yesterday.

The 14-year-old girl went missing 12 days ago on a shopping trip in St Helens.

Ms Lynch was found at around 9.30pm yesterday in Greater Manchester following information received from a member of the public.

Detective Superintendent Jon Betts said: “Information from the public is vital, and throughout this investigation the support that we have received from the public has been outstanding.”

He also applauded the media’s role in finding the missing girl.

He continued: “Print, broadcast and social media have proved instrumental in getting the information out to the public which has resulted in the support we have had.

“Now that Jade has been located I would ask that the privacy of Jade and her family is respected.

“We are currently working closely with our partners to support Jade at this difficult time.”

Since her return people have taken to social media to make negative remarks about the teenager.

DS Betts has warned that such comments could cause serious ‘upset and distress’.

He added: “Since Jade’s return, we have noticed a number of negative comments on social media sites. Inappropriate and upsetting comments do not help the investigation, and simply cause further upset and distress for Jade and her family.

“We would like to remind everyone that Jade is a vulnerable teenager and throughout our investigation our aim has been for her safe return.”

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire , John Dwyer also thanked members of the public.

“It has been heartening to see all of the support given by the public and this case shows the power of the people. I would also like to personally thank all of the officers and staff who have worked tremendously hard throughout the investigation, which has resulted in her safe return.”

By Jamie Mountain

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