Missing 11-year-old twins who vanished from their home have today been found safe after a frantic police search.
Gracie and Millie Bennett were reported missing shortly after 8.30pm on Tuesday, with both their family and police concerned for their welfare.
The pair went missing from their home in Mountsorrel, a village seven miles to the north of Leicester and five miles to the south east of Loughborough.
Last night locals joined the search for the twins, with residents meeting at the Mountsorrel memorial centre to assist Leicestershire Police’s operation.
And earlier today a family member of the two girls urged others in the area to join the search.
However police have since revealed that the twins have been found ‘safe and well’.
Siobhan Gorman, Chief Inspector of Leicestershire Police, today thanks members of the community who had helped in the search.
She said: ‘I’d like to place on record my thanks to everyone who shared our appeal and the local community for their help in locating both girls.’
Family members, meanwhile, are said to be ‘hugely relieved’ at the safe return of the twins.
A force source added: ‘Their parents are hugely relieved and are extremely grateful to the local community for helping to join in the search for their daughters. They had been frantic with worry.’
Gracie and Millie Bennett (pictured) were reported missing shortly after 8.30pm on Tuesday, with both their family and police concerned for their welfare. They have since been found safe and well
The pair (pictured) went missing from their home in Mountsorrel, a village seven miles to the north of Leicester and five miles to the south east of Loughborough. They have since been found safe and well
Last night locals joined the search for the twins (pictured), who have since been found, with residents meeting at the Mountsorrel memorial centre to assist Leicestershire Police’s operation
Police are said to be with the family now. Officers said they would not at this stage divulge stage where the twins were overnight.
It comes after members of the local community joined the search to find the missing girls.
Writing on Facebook this morning, before the police announced the girls had been found, a family member urged residents to join the search.
In the post, the family member wrote: ‘Anyone wanting to help search for the girls there is a search and rescue team set up outside the Mountsorrel memorial centre, I would head there and ask how you can assist.
‘Anything more regarding a more coordinated search I will post as and when something is arranged’
Meanwhile, members of the community responded in shock to the police’s announcement that the girls were missing.
Commenting on the police’s appeal, one Facebook user, Nadine Tidmarsh, wrote: ‘What a nightmare for their parents! Hope they are found safe and well, soon.’
As part of their appeal, police described the twins as white, 4ft 8ins tall and of a slim build, with straight, dark brown hair below their shoulders. They have since been found safe and well
Gracie Bennett (pictured left) was wearing a navy blue hoody with the initials ‘MB’ on the chest, blue jeans and white Puma trainers when she went missing. Millie Bennett (pictured right) was wearing wearing a black Nike Tec jumper, black jeans and white high-topped Nike trainers when she went missing. The pair have both been found safe and well
The pair went missing from their home in Mountsorrel, a village seven miles to the north of Leicester and five miles to the south east of Loughborough. Pictured: A map showing the location of Mountsorrel. They have since been found
Another, Izzie Baillis, wrote: ‘I hope they are found, quickly, safe and well… The parents must be going out of their minds. Truly any parent’s worst nightmare.’
Hayley Barber added: ‘I cannot begin to imagine how their poor parents must feel, please please let them be found safe and well.’
One of those who joined the search, Steve Eljay, wrote on Facebook earlier this morning, prior to the girls being found: ‘It’s daylight and unfortunately no joy.
‘After 6 hours i need to call it a day for a few hours. Hopefully some good news will happen.’
He later added: ‘Still no update. We are out searching. If people can keep sharing of if you want to help search are rescue we are at the memorial centre in Mountsorrel. The more eyes the better.’
A spokesperson for Leicestershire Police said: ‘Twin girls who were reported missing last night (Tuesday 10 May) have been found safe and well.
‘Gracie and Millie Bennett, both 11, were located in Mountsorrel this morning.’