UPDATE: Sussex Police statement on missing boys

Charlie Clift SUS-150409-113704001 SUS-150409-113704001
Charlie Clift SUS-150409-113704001 SUS-150409-113704001

Sussex Police has released a statement following ‘grave concerns’ about two missing boys.

As reported, social services officials think Charlie Clift, five, pictured, and Kaiton Warnes, two, are in North Cyprus with their mother Amelia Warnes, 23, from Eastbourne.

Charlie’s father – carpenter Dominic Burt, 25, of St Leonards – has appealed for the public’s help in tracing his son.

In the statement, Sussex Police say a couple from St Leonards, were convicted earlier this year of conspiracy to abduct a four-year-old boy.

A spokesman said: “John Clift, 45, unemployed, and his wife Lita Clift, 49, a nursing auxiliary, both then of Bunting Close, St Leonards, were sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Friday, April 24, for conspiring to abduct a then four-year old boy known to them, having been convicted the previous month after a trial.

“The offence consisted of their involvement in enabling the boy to be removed from the country without the consent of his natural father in January, 2014.

“John Clift was sentenced to nine months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, and Lita Clift was sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months

“The boy is known to be abroad with another young son and their parents, and police enquiries are continuing.

“If anyone has any information as to the whereabouts of these children please contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 461 of 29/01/14.”

Further details on the case:

Breaking news: ‘Abducted’ boy could be in Cyprus

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1) Make our website your homepage at www.hastingsobserver.co.uk/ 2) Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/hastingsobserver

3) Follow us on Twitter @HastingsObs

4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

The Hastings Observer - always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.