POLICE officers have issued an appeal after the disappearance of a teenage girl nearly a week ago.

Billie-Jo Gunn was reported missing from Stanford-le-Hope last Sunday.

She is 5ft 4ins tall, of slim build, with shoulder length brown hair and a tattoo of three butterflies on her ankle.

Essex Police says she has connections across South Ockendon and Grays.

A spokesman for the force said: “After a thorough investigation, we are now asking the public for any information that will help us locate Billie-Jo.

“Please contact us quoting incident 1115 of Sunday, November 12.”

Reports can be made at essex.police.uk or by calling 101.