Preston woman Melanie Harvey goes missing after trip to Blackpool as Lancashire Police search for 19-year-old

A Preston woman’s family are growing increasingly worried for her welfare after she failed to return from a visit to Blackpool 5 days ago.

UPDATE: Melanie has now been found ‘safe and well’ in Blackpool, say police. You can find the police update here.

Melanie Harvey, 19, visited Blackpool last Thursday (June 30) but failed to return home and is now the subject of a missing persons investigation.

Her disappearance is described as “extremely out of character” and police have issued an appeal to help find her.

Melanie, 19, was last seen at around 1pm on Thursday (June 30), in the Spa Road area of Preston. Police say she is believed to have travelled to Blackpool

She was last seen around 1pm on Thursday (June 30) in the Spa Road area of Preston and is believed to have travelled to Blackpool the same day.

Melanie is described as white, 5ft 3ins tall, of petite build with jet black hair past her shoulders and blue eyes.

"She is missing from home and we are becoming increasingly worried about her as this is extremely out of character,” said a police spokesman.