Missing Sunderland brothers found

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THE three missing Matloch brothers have been found today in Lancashire.

As a result of enquiries, detectives from Northumbria investigating their disappearance discovered the location of the boys. They attended an address and found them safe and well at around 2.30pm today.

Officers are looking after the boys and will be bringing them back to the north east later today.

They were found inside a house in Accrington, in Lancashire.

The Matloch brothers, Remus, aged 15, Janko, aged 12, and David, 10, were last seen just after 6pm, on Monday, August 11, shortly after they had left their foster home, in The Oakes, Sunderland. The boys were shown on CCTV leaving Newcastle Central Station walking together towards the Centre for Life.

We now have seven people arrested in connection with this investigation.

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.

Superintendent Alan Veitch, from Sunderland Area Command said: “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.”

From Daljit Lally, executive director, wellbeing and community health services, Northumberland County Council: “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.”