As the search for Alice Gross enters its fifth week, thousands of runners in west London are being asked to think of the missing 14-year-old.
|Police are continuing to search areas around the Grand Union Canal
Organisers of the Ealing Half-Marathon have been working with the #FindAlice campaign
and will be giving away yellow ribbons to the 6,000 competitors to wear as they take on the course.
Ribbons have also been tied to trees and fences along the route, which runs close to where Alice was last seen.
Kelvin Walker, race director for the event, told Sky News: “We thought it would be a really good idea to give some runners bows to run around the course. The course is now covered in ribbons and it’s quite an emotional sight to see, so we’re just really happy to be involved in helping them.” The schoolgirl, from Hanwell, disappeared a month ago on 28 August. She was filmed on CCTV walking along the towpath of the Grand Union Canal towards Hanwell at 4.26pm, but has not been seen since. On Saturday, police revealed that footage from 300 CCTV cameras is now being analysed, taken from a six-square-mile radius. Resources from around 20 police forces are now involved in the search. Detective Superintendent Carl Mehta said: “CCTV is clearly crucial in our investigation, but we still need the public’s help and I want to hear from anyone who saw Alice during the afternoon of the Thursday she was last seen. “Our searches are continuing in the local area, and there are extra officers involved. I’d like to thank the community who have been so supportive and patient. “In over 30 years of policing I have never seen such a strong community reaction, this is a community that is totally behind the search to find Alice and bring her home.” Investigators said an area of disturbed earth at Elthorne Park in west London, which runs beside the canal towpath, was no longer of interest. Convicted murderer Arnis Zalkalns, the prime suspect in her disappearance, who has also vanished, was filmed cycling the same route behind the teenager. Det Supt Mehta stressed that the Latvian, who was also accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl in 2009, was just “one line of inquiry”.
A reward of up to £20,000 is being offered for anyone who has information that leads police to find Alice.