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New images of Sara Sharif released in fresh police appeal

New images of Sara Sharif have been released by Surrey Police (Picture: Surrey Police)

Police investigating the alleged murder of Sara Sharif have released new pictures of the 10-year-old girl.

Detectives have shared the images as part of a fresh appeal for more information to help aid the investigation.

The snaps show Sara dressed in the way officers believe she may have dressed in the months prior to her death, Surrey Police said.

Sara’s father Urfan Sharif, 41, her stepmother Beinash Batool, 29, and uncle Faisal Malik, 28, have all been charged with her murder following their return from Pakistan last week.

A Surrey Police spokesman said: ‘We are hoping that these images will prompt more people to come forward with information about her and her family.’

Since Sara’s body was tragically found at her home in Hammond Road in the village of Horsall, near Woking, on August 10, officers have been speaking to local community leaders and distributing leaflets in the area.

Police say posters have also been displayed in and around Woking railway station and at taxi ranks around the town.

Sara Sharif was found dead on August 10 at a house in Woking (Picture: PA)

A spokesman added: ‘The appeal has been translated into written Urdu and verbally in video format to reach residents of the local area whose first language is Urdu.

‘Officers working for the Force who are fluent in Urdu are supporting the investigation team to translate information provided by members of the public.’

Detective Superintendent Mark Chapman, from the Surrey Police and Sussex Police major crime team, said: ‘We have released these new images this week in the hope that it will prompt more people who knew Sara and her family to come forward.

‘We are grateful to everyone who has already contacted us, and I would like to stress that any information, no matter how insignificant it might seem, is reviewed by the investigation team and further enquiries carried out if appropriate.

‘I would urge anyone who may have information and hasn’t yet come forward to reach out to us.’

Timeline: Sara Sharif’s murder

August 8: Sara’s father Urfan Sharif books one-way tickets to Pakistan.

August 9: Urfan flies to Islamabad with his wife Beinash Batool, his brother Faisal Malik and Sara’s five siblings.

August 10: Sara’s body is found at her home in Woking by Surrey Police. The group arrive in Pakistan and are thought to have then travelled to the city of Jhelum where they stayed for a few days.

August 15: Interpol issues a request to the Pakistani authorities to find the family but they are unable to track them down. An international manhunt is now in full flow.

September 6: Beinash and Urfan appear in a video, but Sara’s father says nothing. Beinash says Sara’s death was an ‘incident’ and that they are ‘willing to cooperate with UK authorities’.

September 9: Plane tickets are bought by suspected family members for Urfan, Beinash and Faisal to fly back to the UK from Slalkot.

September 11: Five children – Sara’s siblings – are found at Urfan’s father’s house in Jhelum.

September 12: The five children are place in a government-run care facility following a court hearing.

September 13: Urfan, his wife and brother leave Pakistan and fly back to the UK via Dubai. They are all arrested on suspicion of murder after the plane lands at Gatwick Airport at around 7.30pm.

September 15: All three are charged with murder and causing or allowing the death of a child. They appear at Guildford Magistrates’ Court and the case is referred to crown court.

September 19: Urfan, Beinash and Batool appear at the Old Bailey and the court hears that they will face trial over Sara’s death in the autumn of 2024.

Mr Sharif, Ms Batool and Mr Malik, all of Hammond Road, appeared at the Old Bailey on Tuesday and the court heard that they will all face trial over hear death next autumn.

All three, who appeared by video link from custody, are charged with murder and causing or allowing the death of a child.

The male defendants will remain held at Belmarsh high security prison in south London, while Batool is at Bronzefield jail in Surrey.

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