POLICE are appealing for help to find two children who have gone missing from their home in Darlaston today.

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Sophie Fletcher, aged 12, and Jack Fletcher, aged 10, are believed to have left their home in Moxley Road either overnight or early this morning.

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Before leaving they packed a bag of clothes and took cash from the house.

A large number of local officers have been carrying out extensive enquiries to find the brother and sister throughout the morning. The search has been further complicated with the closure of their school which has meant officers attending dozens of addresses across a large geographic area.

There is now a suggestion that the youngsters may try to travel by train to a previous holiday destination in Borth, Wales and police are turning to the public for help to find Sophie and Jack as the search widens.

Sophie is described as 5ft 2ins tall, has collar length brown hair cut in a bob style and blue eyes. She is believed to be wearing a leopard print coat with a hood that has small ears on it and purple trousers.

Jack is described as 5ft tall, blonde straight hair and has a half-inch scar on his forehead. He is believed to be wearing a black hooded Benzini jacket with bright yellow lettering, black ankle boots and a cap with ‘NY’ on the front.

Inspector Stuart Vaughan, of Walsall Police, said: “The children have not been missing before and although they have packed clothes and taken money we are very concerned about them, particularly in this cold weather.

“It is believed they have left on their own accord.

“We are continuing to carry out a number of enquiries to try and locate Sophie and Jack and are being supported by a significant number of force resources.

“We are now appealing to the public to help us with this search – if you have seen either of the children today or have any information about where they may be, please contact us immediately.”

Anyone with any information should contact police on 101.

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