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Police 'keeping an open mind' over Isle of Wight search

Police deployed officers and staff to check nearby public places, tourist attractions and hotels. Details of the boys were circulated to public transport operators and Solent ferry companies.

An address given for the family on the Isle of Wight was checked by officers. The details provided were found to be incorrect.

– Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police spokesman

They added:

The force is keeping an open mind about the circumstances of this report. There is no evidence at this time to confirm a criminal offence has been committed deliberately. There could be a completely innocent explanation for what happened.

We are renewing an appeal for the parents or any relatives of these two boys to contact the police."

– Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police spokesman


Missing boys report was either a 'hoax' or 'false report'

Coastguards have called off a search for two boys who were thought to have gone missing from a popular tourist beach.

A three-hour search for the youngsters, aged six and eight, were reported missing after they were last seen on the seafront at Ryde on the Isle of Wight this lunchtime, has now been "stood down," the Marine and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said.

It is an area we can search very well with clear visibility.

We are confident there is no child out there in difficulty.

Either it was a hoax or a false report. The parents left the scene after making the report. Did they find the children and then leave without telling anyone?"

– MCA spokesman


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