The Policía Nacional intercepted a father who was trying to take his children, both toddlers, out of the country illegally.
The 43-year-old Moroccan man, resident of Ambers in Belgium, had taken his kids from a children’s home in the Netherlands.
The arrest took place on the 31st of January during a vehicle, boarding check at Motril Port for the Nador ferry. The police asked for identification from the four occupants of a car.
The names of the children, aged one and three, flagged up on a missing person’s list. Furthermore, there was an Dutch, international arrest warrant out on the father.
The children were taken into care and the father arrested and taken to the Motril police station where further enquiries were made.
The children had been placed in care in Utrecht. The manager of the home confirmed that the father had taken the children without consent and their subsequent whereabouts was unknown.
The children were placed in a Centro de Menores in Granada, belonging to the Junta de Andalucía but it was only a few hours later that an employee for the Dutch children’s home, together with a relative of the two children, turned up in Granada to take charge of the children and escort them back.
(News: Motril, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)