A MOTHER who went missing from her Sunderland home with her five young daughters may be hiding out in the Harlesden area, police believe.
Natalie Bracht went on the run with the youngsters on May 17 and has been evading the authorities by moving between various locations in the capital.
Investigators believe the mother, who hails from Dusseldorf, Germany, has radically changed her appearance a number of times and have growing concerns for her emotional well-being.
The 34-year-old left the north-east and travelled by taxi to the Haymarket area of Newcastle,where she was seen at 1pm. It is believed the family then continued their journey to Kings Cross by train.
DCI Roger Ford,from
Northumbria Police,said: "The latest information we have places Natalie in the Harlesden area.
"So far her decision to change her appearance and avoid identification by moving away from her home shows a high degree of planning and a great deal of effort, which further raises my concerns about her emotional well-being and the safety of her children.
"If Natalie is reading this I would like her to stop and think about what she is doing, and whether it is in the best interests of her daughters to move them from place to place.I would also ask any estate agents, landlords, hoteliers or B&B owners who may have been approached by Natalie to come forward."
Officers believe it is possible Natalie may have moved on to another part of London with her
daughters, who are aged between five and 13, but are urging the people of Brent to keep a look out.
She speaks good English, with a heavy German accent, but does not have access to much money or any
family connections in the London area. The father of three of the girls has travelled over from Germany to help with the investigation.
Anyone with information about Natalie or her children is asked to call Northumbria Police on 03456 043 043.