Nottinghamshire police search for missing mother and two sons

Josh Halliday North of England correspondent
Louis (left) and Dylan Madge, who are missing along with their mother Samantha Baldwin. Photograph: Nottinghamshire Police/PA

About 100 police officers are hunting for a mother and her two sons who disappeared last week hours after a judge ruled she posed a “risk of harm” to the children.

Samantha Baldwin and her sons, Dylan Madge, six, and his nine-year-old brother Louis, have not been seen since the Nottingham family court said on Monday that the boys should be removed from her care.

Police released CCTV images of the three on Saturday as detectives said Baldwin “poses a risk to the boys”.

Baldwin, 42, was last seen near Nottingham city centre after leaving court on Monday. A day later police issued a nationwide alert to all airports, ports and railway stations as fears grew for the boys’ safety.

On Wednesday, Nottinghamshire police declared Baldwin a suspect and that she was wanted on suspicion of abduction of Dylan and Louis. She is described as 5ft 7in and of slim build, with shoulder-length, highlighted blonde hair and green-blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a red knee-length coat, but may have changed her clothing and appearance, police said.

Louis has collar-length straight fair hair, a fair complexion and blue eyes, while Dylan has collar-length straight dark brown hair, a tanned complexion and brown eyes.

“We are concerned that Samantha poses a risk to the boys and we have a 100-strong team of officers working around the clock to trace her and return the children safely,” said a Nottinghamshire police spokesman.

Images were released of the family on Saturday. One showed a smiling Dylan in a red school uniform. Two others, taken from CCTV cameras, showed the trio walking into a building together days before the disappearance.

Supt Rich Fretwell appealed directly to Baldwin to “do the right thing” and return the boys to the “safety of the court”. He appealed “to anybody out there across the nation, who has any information, however small that may be, to contact us on 101”.

“That includes anyone who owns or runs a B&B, hotel, caravan park, campsite or holiday let to check your registers and be mindful that the group may be staying under a different name.”

Police have said the family have connections in both Lincolnshire and Manchester.

Two women, aged 62 and 36, who were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, have been released on bail.