BREAKING NEWS…PSNI STOOD DOWN OVER ALERT FOR MISSING DAD AND SONS

Sanjeev Chada was at the centre of a cross-border missing persons alert

Sanjeev Chada was at the centre of a cross-border missing persons alert

A CROSS-BORDER alert for a missing 43-year-old man and his two sons who were reported missing on Monday has been now been cancelled.

It follows the discovery of two bodies this afternoon.

Sanjeev Chada and sons Eoghan and Ruairi had left the family home at Ballinkillen, Bagnalstown in Co Carlow at 6.30pm yesterday to go the Dome Bowling Centre in Carlow town.

The PSNI in Northern Ireland were given details of the trio by Gardai in case they had crossed the border into Northern Ireland.

However, on Monday afternoon the PSNI were told by the Gardai the missing persons alert had been rescinded.

Gardaí investigating the disappearance of two children say they now have discovered two bodies at the site of a road accident in Co Mayo this afternoon.

The accident occurred just outside Westport shortly after 3pm.

The area has been sealed off for a forensic examination.

The bodies are believed to be those of ten-year-old Eoghan and five-year-old Ruairi, who were reported missing at 1.30am after they left the family home in Ballinkillen, Co Carlow yesterday evening with their father Sanjeev Chada.

He is believed to be helping gardai with their inquiries.

Gardaí have thanked the public and media for their help.

It was the first time a Child Rescue Ireland (CRI) alert has been issued for missing children since the system was put in place last year.

The father and his children were reported missing at 1.30am this morning.

Mr Chada left the family home with the youngsters to go to the Dome Bowling Centre in Carlow town and has not contacted his family since.

He was last seen driving a green Ford Focus, with the registration number 06 CW 238.

Garda sources said Mr Chada was not estranged from the mother of their children and that they are not aware of any difficulties in the couple’s relationship.

Eoghan, (10) and his five year-old brother Ruairi Chada

Eoghan, (10) and his five year-old brother Ruairi Chada

Eoghan is described as 4ft 10in, of medium build with black shoulder-length hair. He was wearing navy tracksuit bottoms, a dark top and white trainers.

Ruairi is described as 3ft 10in, with short black hair and brown eyes. He has a slight scar above his right eye. He was wearing a red and white Middlesbrough jersey.

Mr Chada is described as 6ft, with shoulder-length hair and wearing a dark top.

The Child Rescue Ireland system is designed to help gardai locate an abducted child where there is serious concern for the youngster’s safety.

It is only used if the child is under 18; if there is a reasonable belief that he or she has been abducted; if it believed there is an immediate and serious risk to their health or welfare; and there is sufficient information available to enable the public to assist gardai in locating the child.

The emergency response is run with the support of the Health Service Executive and alerts can be transmitted on electronic signs operated by the National Roads Authority, Irish Rail, Bus Eireann, and Dublin City Council.

The internet and social media is also used to raise awareness as quickly as possible.

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