Missing boys found

Three boys from Sunderland have been found in the Lancashire area, police said.

Police investigating their disappearance from Sunderland have arrested a man and a woman in Birmingham.

The boys have been missing since Monday.

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Missing boys was 'planned and arranged in advance'

Superintendent Alan Veitch, who led the major investigation to find the three missing Sunderland boys, said it was "entirely possible" that the plan was to get them out of the country.

I think it has been quite organised and orchestrated. This was all planned and arranged in advance. By who, I don't know. This is what we need to get to the bottom of.

We will need to speak to the boys over the next few days to piece together the full circumstances of what has happened, but of course we are just so pleased for them that this has been brought to a safe conclusion and that we have got the boys back.

– Superintendent Alan Veitch

Plans to 'spirit' missing three boys out of the country

Police who found the three boys who went missing four days ago said there may have been a plan to "spirit them out of the country."

They failed to return to their foster carers' home in Sunderland, after setting out on a tea-time bike ride to a local park.

Instead, they caught a Metro to Newcastle, then took a pre-booked taxi to London and spent two nights in the capital before heading for Birmingham.

Superintendent Alan Veitch, who led the major investigation to find them, said it was "entirely possible" that the plan was to get the boys out of the country.

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Missing boys were in London, Birmingham and Lancashire

Three boys from Sunderland who have been missing since Monday were found in the Lancashire area today, police said.

According to Northumbria Police, they had been to addresses in London, Birmingham and Lancashire while missing.

Officers say this appears to have been a carefully orchestrated pre planned operation and the boys will now be brought back to North East to be repatriated with their foster carers.

Police say seven arrests have been made in total in connection with their disappearance.

Police say they are 'delighted' missing Sunderland boys are found safe and well

"We are delighted that the three boys have been found safe and well. We are planning to reunite them with their foster parents as soon as we can.

"We will need to speak to the boys over the next few days to piece together the full circumstances of what has happened, but of course we are just so pleased for them and their foster parents that this has been brought to a safe conclusion and that we have got the boys back."

– Superintendent Alan Veitch, from Sunderland Area Command

"We are delighted to hear the children have been found safe and well. We’d like to express our gratitude to Northumbria Police for all their work over the past few days in finding the boys."

– Daljit Lally, executive director, wellbeing and community health services, Northumberland County Council

Seven arrested in connection with missing boys

Seven people have now been arrested in connection with the three missing boys who were found in Lancashire today.

Two men aged 47 and 22 years and a woman aged 23 have been arrested this afternoon in Lancashire.

Two men were arrested last night, Thursday, August 14. One man aged 37 was arrested in London and Northumbria detectives are questioning him there. A 41 year old man was arrested in Newcastle. Both men are in custody helping police with their enquiries.

Two other people, a man aged 34 and a woman aged 39, who were arrested at an address in Birmingham on Wednesday evening, August 13, remain in custody in the West Midlands. They have both been arrested in connection with the boys' disappearance. Northumbria Police detectives will continue to question them today.

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Two arrested in Birmingham over missing boys

Northumbria Police said two people have been arrested in Birmingham in connection with the disappearance of three young boys, who have been missing from home in Sunderland since Monday.

A man aged 34 and a woman aged 39 were arrested at an address in Birmingham at approximately 11pm on Wednesday, 13th August. They are currently in custody in the West Midlands where Northumbria Police have sent detectives to question them.

The boys left their home at 5:20pm on Monday saying they were going for a bike ride in a nearby park, but were captured on CCTV catching a train to Newcastle, where they were last seen.

Missing Sunderland boys: police appeal to commuters

Police officers searching for three missing boys from Sunderland will hand out leaflets to commuters at Newcastle Central railway station and the nearby Newcastle coach station, between 4pm and 6:15pm.

They left their home in The Oaks, Sunderland, at 5:20pm on Monday and have not been seen since CCTV captured them leaving the railway station in Newcastle shortly afterwards.

Airports and ports to stop missing boys leaving UK

Police searching for three missing boys from Sunderland have imposed an "all-ports warning", circulating their details to all ports and airports to stop them leaving the UK.

The boys left their home in Sunderland on Monday saying they were going for a bike ride, but instead they went to a nearby Tyne and Wear Metro station and were seen on CCTV catching a train to Newcastle.

Police said their searches are continuing in the North East and in Birmingham, but are focused on the Edmonton area of London, in the borough of Enfield, which is popular with the Polish community.

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