Surrey Police have shared that the three people believed to be in connection with the murder of a 10-year-old girl in Woking were known to the victim.

It comes as police report that they think the trio left the country on Wednesday, a day before the child was discovered at a house in the quiet village of Horsell.

Sharing the connection with the public, a police spokesperson said: "Inquires are ongoing to locate the three identified people we would like to speak to in connection with our investigation into the death of a 10-year-old girl in Woking.

Detectives have confirmed that no other people were present at the address when they attended in the early hours of Thursday morning.

“The three people they would like to speak to were known to the victim.”

News of the girl's connections come after reports locally have named the victim as 10-year-old Sara Sharif, a post-mortem examination is due to take place on Tuesday afternoon.

The girl was found at around 2.50am on August 10, with a heavy police presence shortly on the scene at the semi-detached property on Hammond Road.

Neighbours said that a Pakistani family with six “very young” children had moved into the house in April.

Surrey police, which did not give any further information about the victim or the three people, said officers are still at the address and that no arrests have yet been made.