Missing Belfast Children Found Safe & Well In Thurles

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Two Children that were the subject of a missing person alert since May 14th have been located and returned to Northern Ireland. Patrick Horvath (5 years) and his brother Fabricio Horvath (8 years) were located safe and well in the Thurles area of Co. Tipperary yesterday afternoon.

The children have since been returned to Northern Ireland – they had been last seen in Belfast on May 14th. Gardai report that three persons, two women (50s, 30s) and one man (40s) were arrested under Section 17 Non-fatal Offences Against the Persons Act, 1997 and are currently detained at Templemore and Nenagh Garda Stations under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984. An Garda Síochána is not providing any further information and have thanked the public and media for their assistance in this matter.

It is understood that the children may have been removed from the NI jurisdiction by a parent that had concerns for their future welfare and that they were staying with other family members in the Thurles area. One man has appeared in court in Belfast charged with two counts of keeping a child away from social services.