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Man being hunted in Spain after allegedly fleeing UK with teen girl

Ionut Gheorghe
Ionut Gheorghe

A Romanian man is being hunted in Spain after he fled the UK with a teenage girl.

Elena Ciochina, 15, was last seen at 7pm on Saturday when she left her home in Newham, east London, Scotland Yard said.

Detectives believe she is with 27-year-old Ionut Gheorghe, who was spotted on CCTV taking £250 from a cash machine in Enfield, north London, earlier that afternoon.

Elena Ciochina

Police believe the pair left the UK together on Saturday evening to travel to Europe, and officers think they are now in the Guadalajara area of Spain, near Madrid.

Gheorghe is wanted under a European Arrest Warrant for abduction.

Elena, who is 5ft 9in and has waist-length black hair, was wearing a black T-shirt, black jogging bottoms and black plimsolls when she was last seen. She is also Romanian and is thought to have a national identity card with her.

Gheorghe is white, about 5ft 7in, heavily built and has short, light brown hair. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, dark shorts and dark flip flops.

Anyone with any information should call police on 0208 217 5820.