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Missing Darlaston children: Police 'very concerned'

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Media caption Supt Keith Fraser from West Midlands Police: "We had some sightings early this morning"

Police have said they are "very concerned" about two children who have gone missing from their home.

Sophie Fletcher, 12, and Jack Fletcher, 10, are believed to have left their house in Moxley Road, Darlaston either overnight or in the morning.

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

The youngsters may try to travel by train to a previous holiday destination in Borth, mid Wales, a spokesman for West Midlands Police said.

'Own accord'

Insp Stuart Vaughan said: "The children have not been missing before and although they have packed clothes and taken money we are very concerned about them, particularly in this cold weather."

He said police believe the two left "of their own accord".

Supt Keith Fraser said: "There is something to indicate that they have planned it, in relation to what the young people have said to others.

"But there's nothing to indicate that something has happened in the family home or anything at all to cause them any worry or concern."

He said the children only had about £20 on them and would not be able to travel "very far at all".

There had been a number of sightings of the children by local people between 07:00 and 08:00 GMT, Supt Fraser said.

Police said Sophie is 5ft 2ins (1.58m) tall, has collar-length brown hair, cut in a bob style, and blue eyes.

She is believed to be wearing a leopard print coat with a hood that has small ears on it and purple trousers.

Jack is 5ft (1.52m) tall, with blonde straight hair and has a half-inch scar on his forehead.

He is believed to be wearing a black hooded Benzini jacket with bright yellow lettering, black ankle boots and a cap with NY on the front.

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