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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.

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

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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.

Woman left with steel plate in face after brutal attack

Lucy Wedge
Lucy Wedge Credit: BPM Media (Midlands)

A 22-year-old woman has been left with a steel plate in her face after a brutal attack by a man while on a night out in Birmingham.

Lucy Wedge was attacked after leaving the Sobar Bar in Hurst Street on May 4. She suffered a fractured cheekbone and black eye, and had to have her face rebuilt through cosmetic surgery.

Lucy intervened after a friend became involved in a row.

“I stepped in to stick up for her and he punched me in the face. I fell over and pulled my friend down with me and he ran off.”

– Lucy Wedge
Lucy's black eye after the attack
Lucy's black eye after the attack Credit: BPM Media (Midlands)

"This was a vicious assault in Birmingham city centre, which resulted in a young woman being seriously injured. We know there were other people in the area at the time of the assault and we need these people to come forward with information to help identify this man.”

– DC Justin Le Fort from Birmingham CID

The attacker is described as a tall black man. He was wearing a white T-shirt and jeans.

Revealed: The top 10 worst excuses for stopping on the hard shoulder

The Highways Agency has revealed its top 10 worst excuses for parking up on the hard shoulder.

  • One motorist pulled over because they saw fire” on their dashboard display, it later turned out it was the name of the Adele track they were listening to.
  • One motorist parked up and fell asleep on the M6.
  • People stopping to read a map or check their sat navs.
  • Two car owners halfway through the selling and buying process for one of the cars.
  • One driver realised their car insurance policy was up for renewal – they were ringing around for quotes to renew.
  • A group of motorcyclists parked on the hard shoulder on the M1 to review their route and have a drink.
  • Taxi drivers waiting on the hard shoulder around airports for their client's flights to arrive.
  • A mobile phone operator, stopping at regular intervals in their private car carrying out signal tests on the hard shoulder.
  • A driver who stopped to pick flowers.
  • A couple who wanted to take pictures of their new born grandchild in their open top sports car, as it was "a lovely day".

It comes as figures revealed more than 400 drivers in the West Midlands had broken the by stopping in the restricted lane, despite there not being an emergency.

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