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Tragic end to police search for missing children in Valencia as bodies found and mother arrested

The mother of two young children was detained by police on Thursday evening after she confessed that her two children were dead and buried on scrubland near her home.

Tragic end to police search for missing children in Valencia as bodies found and mother arrested
Police teams searched for the children. Photo: Proteccion Civil Godella @pcgodella/Twitter

A huge police hunt had been launched on Thursday morning after police were called to the home of a couple after a neighbour reported a fight. 

The neighbour called 112 after hearing screams and seeing the woman run from the house, half naked and with bloody, with her husband chasing her.

Their children, Amiel aged three-and-a-half and his five-month old baby sister Rachel, were nowhere to be found,

READ MORE: Police launch hunt for 4-year-old and toddler missing in Valencia

More than 150 officers from different police forces, including divers, sniffer dogs and a helicopter launched a frantic search to find the two young children in Godella, a town near Valencia.

 

But during questioning, the mother, who is reportedly in her mid-twenties, confessed that the children were dead and buried near the home.

Local media reported that the family had been squatting in an abandoned house in “deplorable conditions”, according to ABC newspaper.

The father, who has been named as a Belgian citizen, also remains in police custody.

The bodies of the children showed “signs of violence” according to local media reports and post-mortems will be carried out on Friday to determine the cause of death. 

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Spanish court approves extradition of UK murder suspect

A court in Spain has approved the extradition of one of Britain's most wanted fugitives, sought for his suspected role in the murder of a teenager in 2015.

Spanish court approves extradition of UK murder suspect

The decision will now go before the country’s cabinet for approval.

Spanish police arrested David Ungi in May in the town of Coin near the southern resort of Marbella on May 5th as he signed up at a gym at a shopping centre.

British police believe Ungi, 30, was involved in the fatal shooting in 2015 in Liverpool of 18-year-old Vinny Waddington.

Ungi, who left Britain less than 24 hours after Waddington was killed, is also wanted by the British authorities for alleged heroin trafficking.

Spanish police carried out the operation to arrest Ungi in cooperation with Britain’s National Crime Agency, which had put Ungi on its most-wanted list.

The Spanish coast has long been a popular bolthole for British criminals fleeing the law, because they can blend easily into the thriving expatriate communities.

There are about 290,000 British nationals officially registered as living in Spain, making them the fourth-largest foreign population in the country, according to national statistics institute INE.

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