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Fears grow for deaf woman missing from Lisson Grove for two months

Gakleen Shahata disappeared from a church service in Barnet on February 12

21 April, 2017 — By Alina Polianskaya

Gakleen Shahata, who has mild learning difficulties, understands British sign language and some Arabic

THE family of a deaf woman have been left devastated after she mysteriously vanished from a Sunday church service two months ago.

Gakleen Shahata, from Lisson Grove, has not been seen since she disappeared from the Golders Green Parish Church in Barnet.

Police said that around midday on February 12 the 39-year-old went to the toilet but did not come back. Ms Shahata, pictured left, whose speech is also impaired and who has mild learning difficulties, was wearing a bright orange anorak, a white top, and white jeans.

On Tuesday, at her home in Burne Street, Lisson Grove, her mother, who does not wish to be named, fought back tears and told the West End Extra she has not been well ever since her daughter went missing.

Ms Shahata’s brother Wahid Shahata said it was unlike his sister to disappear for long periods and she had not been away from home for a long time before. He added: “It is a very bad situation. I am very sad.”

When asked where she might be, he said: “She likes to go shopping in Oxford Street and Edgware Road.”

Ms Shahata also went missing from her home on December 27, with police making an appeal to the public. She was found “safe and well” on January 6, the police said.

They describe Ms Shahata as between 5ft 2ins and 5ft 6ins in height, of medium build, with long wavy brown hair.

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