Police searching for three brothers missing since Monday have arrested a man and a woman in connection with their disappearance.
Remus, Janko and David Matloch, aged 15, 12 and 10, failed to return to their foster parents' home in Sunderland after going on tea-time bike ride.
Instead, they caught a Metro train to Newcastle and were last seen leaving Central station.
The boys have yet to be found but Northumbria Police said they arrested a 34-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman at an address in Birmingham last night.
Superintendent Alan Veitch, of Sunderland Area Command, said the investigation to find the brothers was still ongoing in both Birmingham and London.
A senior police officer said he was concerned for the safety of three young boys from Sunderland who are missing after apparently catching a Metro train to Newcastle.
They left their home together and did not return.
The case of three boys who went missing from their home in The Oaks area of Sunderland yesterday is not being treated as an abduction, Northumbria Police have said.
Border agencies and all UK police forces are on alert, they added.
Three boys missing in Sunderland had said they were going on a bike to Mowbray Park yesterday.
The boys were last seen in The Oaks area of Sunderland, Northumbria Police said.
Police searching for three missing brothers in Sunderland say the boys have not been answering their mobile phones and have not gone missing before.
Remus, Janko and David Matlock went for a bike ride on Monday evening to Mowbray Park, but did not return to their foster parents' home at The Oaks.
Remus, 15, is 5'7" tall, slim build, dark air in a big quiff at the front and shaved at the back. He was last seen wearing joggers, baseball cap and t-shirt and a black cycling helmet.
David, 10, is 4'8" tall, shaggy dark brown hair, chubby build, possibly wearing shorts and a top and a silver coloured cycling helmet.
Janko, 12, is 4'8" tall, fair hair styled in a quiff and short at the back, medium build. He was last seen wearing smart mustard coloured chinos, converse type trainers, blue lightweight waterproof jacket and a silver cycling helmet.
Three brothers have gone missing from their foster home in Sunderland.
They went out for a bike ride on Monday, but did not return. Police say Remus, Janko and David Matlock are Polish, but speak good English.
A teenager accused of posting offensive tweets about two Newcastle United football fans who were killed on Flight MH17 has had the charge against him dropped.
18-year-old Mitchell Tace Chapman from Sunderland, was due in court today but the Crown Prosecution Service has decided to discontinue the case.
John Alder and Liam Sweeney were flying to New Zealand to watch Newcastle play a series of friendly games when the plane went down over eastern Ukraine.
298 people died in the crash.
Two fishermen have been rescued after spending nine hours aboard a life raft when their boat sank.
The pair had been fishing in the North Sea 12 miles east of Sunderland when their boat appeared to hit a submerged object, sinking so quickly they did not have time to make a distress call.
The pair were picked up by a Dutch yacht Jager at 4.40pm yesterday, Humber Coastguard said.
The crew contacted the coastguard which arranged for a lifeboat from Hartlepool to pick up the fishermen and bring them to shore.
Images of what has been described as a "rare natural phenomenon" have been captured on Sandburn beach outside Sunderland.
These clouds are only visible when tiny crystals on the edge of space are illuminated by sunlight while the lower layers of the atmosphere are in the Earth's shadow.
The clouds are described as "noctilucent", meaning 'night shining' in Latin.
Photographer Mat Robinson said: "They happen in the summer months between May and August when the sun doesn't set too far below the horizon.
"There weren't any recordings of them before 1885, so they are a relatively new phenomenon and could be linked to global warming."
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