Girl, 4, who went missing with schizophrenic mother in summer found in Spain | London

A four-year-old girl who has been missing since the summer has been found in Spain.

Elliana Shand went missing from her London with her schizophrenic mother during the summer, after social services staff at Barking and Dagenham Council intervened.

Elliana had been at the centre of a private family court litigation.

The pair were found safe and well by Spanish police on Thursday, a High Court judge has said.

In late December, Mr Justice Hayden made a direct appeal to expats and British tourists, saying there was evidence Elliana and her mother, Jessica Richards, who is in her mid-20s, were in Spain, and that he was “very concerned” about the pair and it was “imperative” they were found.

He also praised Elliana’s paternal grandparents, Sean and Eileen Doyle, who are both in their fifties and live in the Wembley area of London, for the efforts they had made to trace the girl, as well as those of both the British and Spanish police, as well as the Foreign Office.

Mr and Mrs Doyle were at Friday’s hearing, where Mrs Doyle declared the pair were “over the moon” at the news.

Plans are in place to return the youngster to England within the next few days.

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