A public appeal has been launched in the search for a Gravesend teenager missing since Friday (May 8).

14-year-old Shayla Mae Carter was last seen leaving her home in Gravesend at 8.30am on Friday.

Kent Police, who issued the information appeal in an attempt to help find Shayla Mae, offered further details:

"It is thought she may have travelled to London via train.

"She is described as white, 5ft 9ins tall with long black hair.

"It is not known what she was wearing but it is believed she has a black handbag with her."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Kent Police on 101 quoting reference 08-0419.