Police 'increasingly concerned' about missing Belfast brothers aged eight and five

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Police in Northern Ireland say they are "increasingly concerned" over the welfare of two boys who have been missing since Friday.

The PSNI are appealing for the public's help to locate the children - five-year-old Patrick Hovarth, and his older brother Fabricio, eight, from north Belfast.

Officers believe they could be in the company of a relative and were last seen getting into a black Ford car in the Limestone Road area of the city on Friday evening.

A statement said officers "are becoming increasingly concerned about the welfare of two children from north Belfast".

Inspector Phil McCullagh said: "We are keen to know that both boys are safe and well.

"We believe they may be in the company of a relative in Northern Ireland or possibly in Ireland - and so I would appeal to that person to get in touch with police as soon as possible on 101.

"Both boys are dark-haired and were seen getting into a black Ford car around 6pm on Friday 14 May in the Limestone road area of Belfast."

The statement said Patrick was wearing light-coloured bottoms and top with black shoes, while his sibling was wearing grey bottoms and a purple and green top.

Police are asking anybody who might have information about the brothers to come forward immediately.

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