SEVEN people arrested after three brothers went missing have been bailed by police pending further enquiries.
Northumbria Police launched a nationwide search for the boys, aged 15, 12, and ten, failed to return to their Sunderland foster home from a bike trip on Monday evening of last week.
Officers are investigating whether the incident was an attempt to repatriate the children to their natural parents, who are from eastern Europe.
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The boys were found in Lancashire on Friday and were returned to the North-East.
Police arrested a 37-year-old man was in Enfield, North London.
The search moved to Birmingham, where the boys are believed to have arrived on the Wednesday, and a man, aged 34, who is believed to be a relative, and a 39-year-old woman were arrested.
The arrests led officers to Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, were the boys were found and where two men aged 47 and 22, and a woman, aged 23, were arrested. A 41-year-old man was also arrested in Newcastle.