More than 100 children went missing from care homes in Crawley in the last two years a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

Between January and May this year 11 children went missing, adding to the previous figures.

This is Sussex write:

Figures released this week under the Freedom of Information Act reveal 98 children disappeared while staying at care homes in the town between January 2010 and May 31 this year.

Due to some youngsters vanishing more than once, there were 168 cases of a child going missing from care in this time, with three incidents on one single day in March 2010.

The Sussex Police statistics show 61 children ran away from homes run by social services, while the other 37 were in private care homes. Those aged 14 and 15 were most likely to go missing.

Though all the children are believed to have been found safe, concerns have been raised at the potential risks to which they would have been exposed.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a journalist at the UK edition of WIRED magazine. In 2015, my first book Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. My second book Reed Hastings: Building Netflix, was published in March 2020. I created FOI Directory in 2012 and have maintained it in my spare time ever since.