SEVEN people arrested in connection with the disappearance of three Sunderland brothers have been bailed pending further enquiries.
The trio were found in Lancashire on Friday after a nationwide search was launched when they failed to return to their foster parents from a bikeride last Monday.
A 37-year-old man was arrested in Enfield, North London. When the search moved to Birmingham, where it is believed the boys arrived on Wednesday, another man, aged 34, who is believed to be a relative, and a 39-year-old woman were arrested.
The arrests led officers to Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, were the boys were found and where two men aged 47 and 22, and a woman, aged 23, were arrested. A 41-year-old man was arrested in Newcastle.
At a press conference in Newcastle last week, Superintendent Alan Veitch said: “The investigation has a kidnap/child abduction focus.
“Exactly what everyone has done remains to be seen, and which charges can be brought remains to be seen. Some will be implicit, some will be hangers-on.”