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Matloch brothers search: Two arrests made

Remus, Janko and David Matloch Image copyright other
Image caption Remus, Janko and David Matloch have been missing since Monday evening

Police searching for three brothers missing from a foster home in Sunderland have arrested two people in connection with their disappearance.

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

Police arrested a 34-year-old man and a woman, 39, at an address in Birmingham at about 23:00 BST on Wednesday.

Detectives from the Northumbria force have been sent to question the pair, who are in custody.

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Image caption The boys took the Metro to Newcastle then headed towards the Centre for Life

The brothers, originally from Poland, failed to return to their foster carers' home on Monday after going to a local park for a bike ride.

They took a Metro train to Newcastle and were last seen on CCTV walking out of Central Station.

They were thought to have only £60 in cash on them at the time.

Police said they had received a number of calls from the public and searches were continuing in the Birmingham and London areas.

Image caption Police distributed leaflets around Central Station in Newcastle, where the boys were last seen

Earlier officers distributed leaflets around Central Station and St James' Boulevard in Newcastle in the hope members of the public may have seen the boys.

The boys have been in foster care for 18 months.

Supt Alan Veitch said: "This is a fast-moving inquiry and we are liaising with forces around the country and making active inquiries in both Birmingham and London."

The boys' descriptions

Remus - 5ft 7in (1.7m), slim, dark hair in a big quiff at the front and shaved at the back. Last seen wearing joggers, baseball cap and T-shirt and a black cycling helmet

Janko - 4ft 8in (1.4m), medium build, fairer hair in a quiff and short at the back. Last seen wearing smart mustard-coloured chinos, Converse-type trainers, a blue lightweight waterproof jacket with a white zip and a silver cycling helmet

David - 4ft 8in, shaggy dark brown hair, possibly wearing shorts and a top and a silver cycling helmet

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