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Mother and son go missing after custody ruling

Ethan and his mother have been missing for two weeks Credit: Rebecca Minnock

The search has intensified today for a missing mother and her three year old son who went into hiding after a judge ruled the toddler should be handed to his father.

Rebecca Minnock and her son Ethan went missing two weeks ago and were last seen drawing out cash at a supermarket in Highbridge. The judge has lifted reporting restrictions to help find Ethan.

Mum vanishes with 3 year old son after judge orders he is handed over to father

Rebecca Minnock and her son have not been seen since for a few weeks Credit: ITV News

A missing mum from Somerset is 'in hiding' with her three-year-old son after a judge ruled he should be handed over to his father.

35 year old Rebecca Minnock fled her home in Highbridge, Somerset, with son Ethan two weeks ago following a court order that he should live with father Roger Williams.

Police revealed that they were missing last month but could not reveal the circumstances behind their disappearance due to reporting restrictions.

Her family have since boasted on social media that she is "not missing" and is hiding from police.

But today - in a rare move - Judge Stephen Wildblood QC allowed the full facts to be reported to help find Ethan and reunite him with his father.

The judge was speaking at Bristol Crown Court, where Miss Minnock's brother Marvin Shaw, sister Limmie Shaw and mother Louise Minnock appeared before him.

Mr Shaw, Miss Shaw and Mrs Minnock, who were arrested on Sunday, are accused of withholding information that would lead to Miss Minnock and Ethan being located.

The judge said: "The family members must be entirely candid about any information that they have. I have warned if there's any untruthfulness at this stage then it would be perjury. The stakes are now exceptionally high. We need to make sure that this child is found."


Sentencing for possessing explosives

A man is due to be sentenced in Taunton today after pleading guilty to possessing dangerous explosives. Thirty people had to be evacuated from there houses after Phillip Leonard's home in Burnham-on-Sea was raided by police. The offences carry a maximum prison sentence of fourteen years.

Phillip Leonard has admitted keeping explosives Credit: Avon & Somerset Police
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