Brothers found after national search alert

Remus, Janko and David Matloch Remus, Janko and David Matloch took a Metro train to Newcastle on Monday

Three brothers who went missing from Sunderland have been found safe and well at a house in Accrington, Lancashire.

Remus, 15, Janko, 12, and 10-year-old David Matloch were last seen in Newcastle on Monday evening.

The boys disappeared after going on a bike ride to a local park, sparking a UK-wide search.

Northumbria Police said a total of seven people had been arrested in connection with the case.

Two men, aged 47 and 22, and a 23-year-old woman were arrested in Lancashire earlier.

A 37-year-old man was arrested in London and another man, aged 41, was arrested in Newcastle, on Thursday evening.

Officers are continuing to question a 34-year-old man and a woman of 39, arrested in Birmingham on Wednesday.

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