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Missing Girls: Police Search For Newport Pair
Concerns are mounting for the welfare of two teenage girls who went missing from the same area on the same day.
Police are searching for Shannon Bladen, 14, and Jessica Brant, 13, who disappeared from the Alway area of Newport, South Wales, last Wednesday.
Gwent Police said there is no evidence to suggest the cases are linked, but the possibility has not been ruled out.
Shannon was last seen at 7.55am when she left home to catch a bus to school.
She is described as 5ft 1in and of slim build with dyed black shoulder-length hair.
She was wearing the Newport High School uniform of black trousers and black polo top with yellow shoulders, and a grey hooded jumper with a denim jacket over it.
She was carrying a red and white Betty Boo bag containing a blue hooded jumper.
Jessica went missing at around 3.30pm on the same day.
She is 5ft 3in and of medium build, with dyed black shoulder-length hair which, when she was last seen, was tied in a ponytail.
When she disappeared she was wearing leggings and a khaki green jacket with what has been described as a lumberjack pattern on the arms.
A police spokeswoman said: "We have no information to suggest they are linked in any way but it has not been ruled out as a possibility.
"Obviously they have been missing for some days now and concern is rising for their welfare."
Officers want anyone with any information about the whereabouts of either girl to call Gwent Police on 101.