Police following up new information on missing Sunderland brothers as search focuses on London

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POLICE officers continuing the search for the three missing Matloch brothers from Sunderland say they are following up on reports from the public.

Remus, aged 15, Janko, aged 12 and David, 10, were last seen just after 6pm, on Monday, August 11.

They were captured on CCTV leaving Newcastle Central Station via the main doors and turning left walking together towards the Centre for Life.

Superintendent Alan Veitch, of Sunderland Area Command, said: “We have had a good response from the public to our appeals for information.

“We have had more than 20 calls from people who have rung in with information which we are still following up.

“We are still appealing for members of the public to look at the photos of the missing boys and to contact us straight away if they think they have seen them or if they know where they are now.”

He added: “We are increasingly concerned for their welfare. We know when they left home they only had approximately £60 between them and the clothes they were wearing. We do want to stress that the boys are not in any trouble we just want to know they are safe and well.

“We need to know where they are so we can go and collect them and bring them back.

“We need any information from the public which will help us to find them as quickly as possible, please call us if you can help.”

The boys had left their foster home, in The Oakes, Sunderland, the same day, at 5.20pm, saying they were going for a bike ride to spend time in Mowbray Park.

They cycled to the park but then continued onwards to Park Lane Metro where they left their bikes behind, bought tickets and took a Metro to Central Station.

The alarm was raised by their foster parents who were expecting them home at 8pm. When they failed to return, their foster parents began to search the local area and then called police at 9pm to report the three boys as missing.

Searches have been ongoing since and are continuing in Newcastle, officers are also making enquiries in Bedlington, where the boys go to school and Blyth, where the boys previously lived before moving to Sunderland 18-months ago.

Police are also making enquiries in Birmingham and now concentrating their efforts in London, in the Edmonton area.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 1276 of 11/08/14, ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or pass information to the charity Missing People, call or text 116 000 (free and confidential).