Police confident missing mum Samantha Baldwin and her two sons are still alive

Becky Johnson, Midlands Correspondent

Police say they're confident a missing mother and her two sons are still alive, despite admitting they have had no confirmed sightings for nine days.

Despite trawling through hours of CCTV and taking numerous calls from the public, the team of 100 officers have not had any positive sightings of Samantha Baldwin, Louis Madge, nine, or Dylan Madge, six.

Ms Baldwin was last seen on Monday 27 March at a cafe in Nottingham shortly after leaving a family court hearing where she was told she had lost custody of her sons.

She is now accused of abduction and is "considered to pose a risk of harm" to her children.

Chief Superintendent Helen Chamberlain from Nottinghamshire Police told Sky News the investigation team are following several lines of inquiry, including that Ms Baldwin is being helped to remain in hiding.

"There is no information or intelligence to suggest that they're not alive and we will pursue that" she said.

"We will pursue this investigation until we find them safe and well.

"Clearly a lot of CCTV has been recovered from around the city centre of Nottingham.

"We will be focusing the inquiry on routes we think she may have taken so that CCTV will be prioritised but at this stage we've not followed up any further CCTV".

She added that Ms Baldwin still has options, but only if she comes out of hiding.

"She needs to be here to talk to the court and explain what's happened and clearly she can challenge decisions that have been made but she can't do that if she's not here."