Zoya Anwar
Zoya Anwar found in Birmingham a week after going missing (West Midlands Police)

Birmingham street wardens have been praised after finding schoolgirl Zoya Anwar, who was reported missing last week.

West Midlands Police had said they were growing increasingly concerned for Zoya's welfare after she was last seen by school friends on 26 February.

Five people, four men and one woman, were arrested on suspicion of kidnapping Zoya, However they have now been released without charge.

A-level student Zoya, 18, was spotted in Birmingham City Centre by council street wardens at around 11pm last night.

The two wardens had seen the media appeal for Zoya and contacted the police. Together with security staff, they kept a close eye on the teenager until officers arrived.

Police are now speaking with Zoya to determine where she has been and what led her to go missing.

She was reported missing last week by teachers at the King Edward VI School in Handsworth.

Detective superintendent Jo Chilton said: "Officers are still speaking to Zoya about the circumstances surrounding her disappearance which remain unclear at this stage.

"I'd really like to thank everyone who helped in our search.

"The teenager had never been missing from home before and we had some grave concerns for her welfare.

"I would particularly like to thank the street wardens and security guards who spotted her last night and kept her safe until police officers arrived.

"We were overwhelmed by the way in which the media and local people got behind our campaign and I would like to extend my thanks to the public for helping us find Zoya safe and well."