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.
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Robert Hodgson, from Stanley, County Durham, committed the offences on the girls, aged as young as five or six, up to the age of 13.