Missing Siblings Found Safe And Well

Two children who had gone missing from their home in Darlaston, West Midlands, in the cold weather have been found safe and well.

Sophie Fletcher, 12, and her brother Jack, 10, had left their home after packing a bag of clothes and taking cash.

The two, whose school was closed, were reported missing at around 8.30am.

Police had expressed concern for the siblings, especially in the freezing weather, and had launched an extensive search in the area.

West Midlands Police said Sophie and Jack "were found at Darlaston bus station at 5.20pm by a family friend who spotted the pair and alerted the police".

"Officers immediately attended and the two are currently being reunited with their family," a police statement said.

Police used social media to alert locals to the missing children. They said that on Twitter the news was retweeted thousands of times, including by local celebrity and the former international footballer Stan Collymore.