Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a teenage girl missing from her home in Tilbury.

Jessica Pittaway,16, was last seen leaving her home in the town on the afternoon of Saturday August 23.

She has made no contact with her family but police are now appealing for any of her friends to call officers if they have any information about her whereabouts.

Enquiries are being carried out in the Thurrock area and also in Barking and Dagenham where Jessica is known to have friends.

When last seen Jessica was wearing a black leather jacket, white vest top, blue jeans and blue Nike trainers. She was carrying a grey handbag.

Anyone with information should contact Essex Police on 101.