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For two young girls, city cops are Galahad

TWO girls, in separate incidents, ran into trouble on their way to the World Expo but the Shanghai police came to the rescue.

The police found a 14-year-old girl 24 hours after she'd snuck out of her hometown in Guizhou Province to see the Expo in Shanghai.

The girl surnamed Tan was found as soon as she arrived at the Bailianjing long-distance bus station in the city's Pudong New Area on Tuesday, police said. Her parents flew to Shanghai and brought her back home.

Hiding from her parents, Tan snuck away with a Shanghai map and slipped onto the bus on Monday morning to Shanghai, the metropolis about 1,844 kilometers away.

Police said Tan had almost had no money with her, but planned to find a job in a barbershop to earn the fare back home.

Elsewhere, a five-year-old girl was saved by the Songjiang District police 19 hours after her father locked himself and her in a hotel room, under the delusion he was being chased by killers, police said.

The girl surnamed Wang had planned to visit the Expo with her father from Shenzhen in Guangdong Province. They checked into a hotel in Songjiang on Sunday afternoon.

Wang's father's delusions were so severe that he called Shenzhen police for help because he didn't trust Shanghai police. One of the officers pretended to be the one from Shenzhen, speaking with fluent Cantonese dialect. Wang was saved after her father opened the door.


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