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.
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