Jamie-Leigh Kelly: Children of missing mother found as woman arrested

Police searching for a missing mother have arrested a 31-year-old woman who attended an east London police station.

The woman was also taken to hospital as a precaution.

Two children reported missing from a centre for vulnerable mothers and children in London were found "safe and well" in Harwich earlier today.

Officers were looking for Jamie-Leigh Kelly, 31, who left the facility on Tuesday with her three-year-old daughter and newborn baby boy.

Detective Superintendent Lewis Basford, who is overseeing the investigation, said: "We are very pleased, and of course relieved, to have found the two children after an extensive inquiries over the past few days.

"They are safe and well and receiving precautionary medical attention."

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A 63-year-old woman was arrested at the Essex address on Sunday on suspicion of child abduction, assisting an offender, and perverting the course of justice, a Metropolitan Police spokesperson said.

She remains in custody at an east London police station.

Ashley Hawkins, 52, of Alex Guy Gardens, Dagenham, and Jordan Hardy, 30, of Connor Road, Dagenham, are due to appear at Southend Magistrates' Court in Essex on Monday, charged with two counts of child abduction.