Published on 23 Jan 2013 Sections

Missing children found safe and well in West Midlands

Two children who went missing from their home in Darlaston, West Midlands, are found safe and well, police confirm.

Sophie Fletcher, 12, and brother Jack, 10

Sophie Fletcher, aged 12, and Jack Fletcher, aged 10 left their home in Moxley Road sometime either on Tuesday night or early on Wednesday morning.

Before leaving they packed a bag of clothes and took cash from the house.

Officers believed that the youngsters may have been trying to travel by train to a previous holiday destination in the Welsh village of Borth and police appealed to the public for help to find them.

However, they were found safe and well at Darlaston’s bus station at 5.20pm on Wednesday night, after being spotted by a family friend.

They were reported missing by their mother at around 8.30am on Wednesday.

Can social media help find missing people?

Police had launched an extensive search of the local area with the aid of the force helicopter in a bid to find the children, who had left home with a small amount of money and some clothing.

The force said it used social media to alert people to the missing children, and on micro-blogging site Twitter the news was retweeted thousands of times.

West Midlands Police expressed thanks to the public for their assistance.