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Father 'sad and shocked' over kids' disappearance

A father has described his sadness and shock after his two children went missing in Birmingham.

Police have launched a search for Saina Sava,11, and her brother Adi, 3, who have not been seen since leaving their family home in Wright Road, Washwood Heath at around 11.30am this morning.

"I feel very sad and shocked because my kids are missing," Ion Sava, 33, told the Birmingham Mail.

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Saina Sava and her brother Adi were last seen on Wright Road, in Washwood Heath. Credit: Google Maps

"They have never done this before. They only ever go to the shops with their parents.

"They walked out the door and that was the last time I saw them. I've tried calling their friends' parents - but nothing."

Mr Sava's wife was said to be too distressed to speak.

Read: Police increasingly concerned for missing children

Extra officers drafted in to hunt for missing children

Detectives hunting for two young children missing since lunchtime have stepped up the operation amid growing concerns for their safety.

Extra officers, including specialist search teams and backup from the National Police Air Service, have been drafted in to sweep the area around their home in Wright Road, Washwood Heath.

Eleven-year-old Saina Sava was last seen pushing her brother Adi, three, in a black and red four-wheeled pushchair outside their home, at around 11.30am.

They were reported missing a short time later.

Adi and Saina Sava
Adi and Saina Sava Credit: West Midlands Police

The family is originally from Romania and have only been in Birmingham for three months.

Saina is white, around 5ft tall and of average build, with long dark hair in a bun. She is thought to be wearing a white t-shirt and light blue jeans with a diamond pattern on both legs.

Adi is also white and around 3ft 3ins tall. He was wearing a yellow t-shirt and yellow-brown shorts. His hair is short on the back and sides and longer on top, brushed forwards.

Anyone who spots the children is urged to call 999 immediately.

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Missing children: Pictures and names released

Pictures of two young children who have gone missing in Birmingham have been released by police.

They have now been named as 11-year-old girl Saina Sava and four-year-old boy, Adi Sava.

Adi and Saina Sava
Adi and Saina Sava Credit: West Midlands Police

ITV News Central understands that the pair - who are related - were playing outside in Wright Road, Washwood Heath, and wandered off at around midday.

Read: Urgent appeal to find two missing children

Urgent appeal to find two missing children

An urgent appeal has been launched to find two young children who have gone missing in the Washwood Heath area of Birmingham today.

The 11-year-old girl was pushing the four-year-old boy in a black and red pushchair. They have not been seen since midday, when they were in Wright Road.

The girl is around 5ft tall with long dark hair, which she was wearing in a bun.

Anyone who spots them is urged to call 999 immediately.

Leicestershire Police announce plans to save £15m

by Stacey Foster

Leicestershire Police have announced further plans to cut staff numbers in order to save more than £15m over the next three years.

It is part of a plan to radically change policing across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

As part of the new model of policing, local police officers will no longer investigate crime. They will be focused on reducing anti-social behaviour and patrolling. Any arrests made or crimes reported would be passed on to a new investigation hub.

Leicestershire Police says this change alone would increase the number of hours police officers spend on the frontline from 140,000 per year to 180,000 per year, despite cutting the number of officers.

The force has not released any details of how many officer and staff posts will be lost in this new phase of cuts.

Leicestershire Police employ more than 2000 officers. In the last round of cuts police staff numbers were cut by almost 500.

The force say they wish to implement the new model of policing in the current financial year.

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