Police are urging the community not to spread rumours and gossip about the whereabouts of missing Mansfield girl, Amber Peat, before launching a third night of searches.
Inspector Andy Browning spoke to hundreds of people who had gathered at The Ladybrook pub this evening.
Seven officers were in attendance to help co-ordinate the searches, but Insp Browning said that circulating rumours of sightings and an apparent lack of police work, specifically on Facebook, were not helping matters.
He said: “There’s a lot of police staff coming in to the area, and there’s a lot of work going on in the background.
“We believe that she is still in the area, and what people are reading on Facebook is not true - there is always a lot of rumour when someone goes missing.”
Before he addressed the waiting crowds, local resident Lisa Keeton, who was helping organise the search, spoke about the issue.
She said: “There’s a lot hearsay going around, and it’s not correct.
“The police are doing what we are doing, but they are professionals. The community has been fantastic with all the effort that has gone in, but we need to remember they are the professionals.”
She said that after this evening, there would be no more search party meeting held at the pub, adding: “Keep looking out of your windows and checking your outhouses, but we need to let the police get on with their investigation.”
It has now been more than three days since 13-year-old Amber Peat was last seen.
She stormed out of the family home on Bosworth Street after an argument about chores.
Amber is described as white with long dark brown hair. She is around 4ft tall and of a petite build with brown eyes and a tiny scar above her lip. She was last seen wearing a black Puma zip up top, purple trainers and blue jeans.
Anyone with information please call police on 101, quoting incident 56 of 31st May.