An appeal went out to the south east Northumberland community Tuesday for help in finding three missing brothers who grew up in Blyth.
The trio, who are still under the care of Northumberland County Council, went missing from their foster home in Sunderland on Monday.
Remus, 15, 12-year-old Janko, and ten-year-old David Matloch, went for a bike ride on Monday afternoon from their home in The Oaks, Sunderland.
They were due back at their foster parents’ home by 8pm but failed to return, at which point police put out an appeal to the community of south east Northumberland to help in the search.
Although the boys are Polish, they speak good English.
Remus, who went to Bedlingtonshire Community High School, is 5ft 7ins, of slim build with dark coloured hair in a big quiff at the front and shaved at the back. He was last seen wearing joggers, baseball cap and t-shirt and a black cycling helmet.
Janko is described at 4ft 8ins, of medium build and with fairer hair styled in a quiff and short at the back. He was wearing mustard coloured chinos, converse type trainers, a blue waterproof jacket with a white zip and a silver cycling helmet.
The youngest brother, David, is 4ft 8ins, of chubby build and shaggy dark brown hair. He was possibly wearing shorts and a top and a silver coloured cycling helmet.
Superintendent Alan Veitch said: “We would ask if anyone knows the boy’s whereabouts to contact police straightaway. We need to know where the boys are and that they are safe.
“Officers are also making enquiries with family members in Blyth and South Shields and also with other forces.”
A spokesman for Northumberland County Council said: “We placed these children into foster care in July 2013.
“We are supporting the police with their enquiries and our priority is getting the brothers returned home safe and well.”