Care dispute children found safe

Four children who disappeared following a High Court care dispute should be reunited with their father soon, after being found safe and well.

Jessica, Tomas, Eva and David Palacin Jones, who are aged between 14 and eight, were discovered in Blackwood, Gwent, on Wednesday morning, Mr Justice Roderic Wood was told at a High Court hearing in London.

Their Spanish father, Tomas Palacin Cambra, 52, was making arrangements to travel from his home in Majorca to collect the youngsters, lawyers said.

Mr Justice Roderic Wood asked the public for help tracing the children, saying he was "very concerned".

The judge expressed his gratitude to journalists who highlighted the children's disappearance and thanked members of the public who had helped police find them.

"The children have been found. They were found in Blackwood. They were found shortly after 11am," barrister Edward Devereux, for Mr Palacin Cambra, told the judge. "The children are safe and well."

Mr Devereux said it was hoped the children would be reunited with their father by Thursday.

"The father, perhaps understandably, has been deeply distressed by the events of the last few days," said Mr Devereux. "He is frankly overjoyed by what has happened (today)."

He said the children would stay together at a foster home in the care of social workers until they could be reunited with their father.

On Tuesday, Mr Justice Roderic Wood said the children had been in the care of their father but had disappeared from the home of their mother - teacher Jennifer Jones, 46 - in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire. Ms Jones had been ordered by the High Court to return the children to their father in Spain but had not done so, the judge added.