Three-year-old boy missing from Edinburgh home

Superintendent Liz McAinsh appeals for information at Fettes Police Station in Edinburgh after three-year-old Mikaeel Kular has gone missing from his home. Image: Danny Lawson, PA Wire

Police are searching for a three-year-old boy who has gone missing from his home in Edinburgh.

Mikaeel Kular was last seen going to bed at his home address in Ferry Gait Crescent at around 9pm yesterday.

When his family awoke this morning, the three-year-old was not in the property.

An image of missing boy Mikael Kular, issued by Police Scotland

An image of missing boy Mikael Kular, issued by Police Scotland

Police have said there is no evidence to suggest criminality but officers are "keeping an open mind".

There is a large police presence in the area, and a helicopter is involved in the search.

Officers have asked anyone who believes they have seen Mikaeel last night or this morning to contact police immediately.

The boy is described as 3ft tall and possibly wearing a beige hooded jacket, blue jogging bottoms, brown shoes and nightwear.

Officers said it was the boy's mother who discovered he was missing.

Police Scotland superintendent Liz McAinsh said: "There is no evidence to suggest criminality at the moment but clearly we are keeping an open mind.

"We're a big organisation now with Police Scotland and we are using all of the resources at our disposal to look for this three-year-old boy."

Asked whether she thought Mikaeel may have left of his own accord, Ms McAinsh told reporters: "We know that his jacket and shoes are not within the property so we are following up all lines of inquiry in that regard. We don't know if he may have left of his own volition , but obviously that's one line of inquiry we are following up."

Asked whether there were any custody issues with the family, she told reporters: "Obviously we are following all lines of inquiry, there are no concerns that we have at the moment . We are following all lines of inquiry with all partner agencies and with the family and the family are being very helpful at the moment.

"As you can imagine, Mikaeel's mother is distraught. She just wants our help and the public's help in finding her little boy."

Mikaeel, who is British with Asian parents, was at home with his mother and four siblings, including his twin sister, last night.

Ms McAinsh said police will be speaking to talk to all family members, including Mikaeel's father.

The three-year-old attends a local nursery and Ms McAinsh said: "They say Mikaeel is a friendly, playful wee boy and they are obviously concerned for his safety as well and will do everything they can to help us in finding Mikaeel."

She said: "We are focusing our search on the Pennywell area, the Muirhouse area of Drylaw in Edinburgh. We're asking everybody who lives in that area or who travels through that area or works in that area to keep their eyes open for this wee boy.

"I would ask local residents to think about their own homes, gardens and outbuildings, their buckets, to have a look and see, anywhere you think a three-year-old boy might be to have a look for us, if you are out walking in the locality, and keep your eyes open in the parks as well.

If anybody has any information about Mikaeel's whereabouts, they should contact Police Scotland on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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