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Missing children found after mass search

Officers from the PSNI's Tennent Street station thanked `everyone who assisted us in the search'

TWO children who went missing yesterday morning were found by the Community Rescue Service shortly before midnight.

Relatives of two children who went missing mobilised the community in a mass hunt across north Belfast and south Antrim yesterday but it is not known where they were found.

The girl aged 13 and 11-year-old boy had been last seen on Crumlin Road in north Belfast, close to Twaddell Avenue at around 10.15am and searchers were told "it is believed they are heading in the direction of Ligoniel towards the mountains".

As night fell police said they were “becoming increasingly concerned” for their whereabouts, with friends of the 13-year-old girl’s mother who joined the hunt saying the disappearance was "not like her".

Deputy Belfast mayor Paul McCusker announced on social media last night that the pair had been tracked down.

"Great news to hear those two children that were missing from north Belfast have been found safe by the community rescue service.

"Seen lots of response locally that makes you proud to come from the area. Well done everyone."

On their Facebook page officers from the PSNI's Tennent Street station thanked "everyone who assisted us in the search".

"Both have now been located and are presently being well looked after. Thanks again for your assistance."

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