Missing Lancashire girls returned to UK from Pakistan

Three girls who went missing from Preston, Lancashire, after being sent unaccompanied on a flight to Pakistan have been returned to the UK, the High Court has heard.

The girls now aged 16, five, and four flew to Karachi via Islamabad in October after leaving their home.

They were returned by a family member earlier this month, a hearing at the High Court's Family Division in London was told.

The girls are now in care.

Police investigating their disappearance are planning to interview one of the children's aunts, the hearing was told.

The girls' mother and father were jailed for being in contempt of court after failing to provide information about the children's whereabouts.

Their mother, who has now been released, admitted lying to the court at a previous hearing and said she was "very, very sorry".

Mr Justice Hayden, criticised the girls' parents at a previous hearing and described their ordeal as "alarming" and "brutal" and said it was to stop them being taken into care.

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