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Hunt for father who abducted three-year-old son

Robert Gurling was last seen in Great Notley, near Braintree in Essex. Credit: Essex Police

A massive manhunt is under way after a father abducted his three-year-old son from his foster parents.

Robert Gurling is only allowed contact with his son under supervision but kidnapped the youngster.

They were last seen in Great Notley near Braintree in Essex at about 10.30am yesterday.

Police search teams and a helicopter have been combing the area in an "urgent" search for the pair but have not found them.

Detectives are appealing to the public to help trace Mr Gurling, who has the words "love" and "hate" tattooed on his knuckles.

He is described as white, in his 40s, 6ft tall and of medium build, with cropped dark brown greying hair and was wearing a grey tracksuit top and jeans.

The boy has blonde hair and was wearing a jacket, grey tracksuit bottoms and red trainers. They may be travelling in a blue car.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Werrett of Essex Police said: "Anyone who sees them should phone 999 immediately or call Essex Police on 01245 282103."


MK Dons promoted, Notts County relegated as League One draws to a close

MK Dons are heading into the Championship for the first time after beating Yeovil Town 5-1. Preston reached the play-offs, Colchester survived with Crawley but Leyton Orient and Notts County have been relegated to League Two on a dramatic final day in League One.

League One

Promoted: Bristol City and MK Dons

Play-offs: Preston, Swindon, Sheff Utd, Chesterfield

Relegated: Notts County, Crawley, Leyton Orient and Yeovil


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