'Urgent' search for four-year-old boy missing with his father

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Footage of a four-year-old boy on his father's shoulders has been released by police who are hunting for the pair who disappeared on Sunday.

Northumbria Police have launched an urgent appeal to find James Malone and his father, Ian, who were last seen at around 10.15am on Sunday when they were seen playing together.

Malone, 44, had met his son as part of a planned visit to a house in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead, when they vanished.

The force has released CCTV taken on the afternoon the pair went missing, of James perched on his dad’s shoulders.

Northumbria Police have launched an urgent appeal in the search for missing 4-year-old James Malone (Northumbria Police)
Northumbria Police have launched an urgent appeal in the search for missing 4-year-old James Malone (Northumbria Police)

An urgent appeal for information on the whereabouts of James and his father has been issued. It read: "We are releasing this footage as we need your help to locate missing father Ian Malone and his four-year-old son James.

"They were last seen about 10.15am on Sunday when James was playing with his father Ian, 44, near an address in Rowlands Gill.

"We've been carrying out enquiries to locate Ian and James ever since. Earlier this week we released images of Ian but were unable to name James for legal reasons. Now we're in a position to name James and release CCTV of Ian carrying James on Sunday."

Chief Superintendent Sav Patsalos said: “Our top priority is the welfare of Ian and James and the focus of our investigation is making sure we can locate them safe and well.

James Malone was last seen playing with dad Ian on Sunday morning (Northumbria Police)
James Malone was last seen playing with dad Ian on Sunday morning (Northumbria Police)

“We have carried out a number of enquiries in recent days but know that assistance from the public could be crucial to tracing their whereabouts."

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“A number of people have already called us with information, and we are following up on every lead, but we still need anyone with information to come forward."

Malone is described as white, around 5ft 5in tall, slight build and with mousey brown hair. He was last seen wearing a dark coloured jacket, jeans and trainers.

James is described as having curly, auburn hair and was last seen wearing a rust coloured T-shirt.

The force has set up a dedicated number for anyone with information on the whereabouts of James and his dad to call. Witness can call 0800 051 6069 and quote log NP-20210704-0851.

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