Llanelli mother found with missing children after police search
A LLANELLI mum who allegedly went on the run with her four children rather than hand them back to her ex-husband was arrested last night.
Jennifer Jones, of Old Road, Llanelli, was said to have taken flight in the early hours of Tuesday morning with Jessica, 14, Tomas, 12, Eva, nine, and David, eight, in tow rather than obey a court order for the youngsters to be returned to their father in Spain.
All five were found at 11am yesterday in Gwent — more than 70 miles from her home.
Miss Jones, a former teacher now working as a return to learn tutor based in Llanelli library, had been ordered to return the children to their Spanish father, Tomas Palacin Cambra, in Spain by midnight on Friday, October 12, but had not done so.
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Late on Friday she had been ordered to attend a High Court hearing in London on Monday, when Mr Justice Roderic Wood had ordered that the children be placed in care due to fears she would abscond with them.
But when police arrived to remove them from her home, they were gone.
“The mother came to my court yesterday and argued through her barrister that the order of Mr Justice Hedley ... should be set aside,” said Mr Justice Roderic Wood, on Tuesday.
“I declined to set that order aside.”
“When the police came to remove the children very early this morning (Tuesday) from the mother’s house in Llanelli, Wales, they found the mother and the children had gone.”
The children’s Welsh grandmother, Brynelda Jones, of Lliedi Crescent, Llanelli, said her daughter had been divorced for three years from Mr Palacin Cambra, a Spanish army officer who she met while teaching in Tenerife.
Mrs Jones said: “My daughter is a really good mother and she gives them a lot of love. The children love it here so much.
“Thankfully, they’ve been found safe and sound.”
Edward Devereux, for Mr Palacin Cambra, told Mr Justice Roderic Wood yesterday: “The children are safe and well.”
He said it was hoped the children would be reunited with their father by tomorrow.
“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.”
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.
Dyfed Powys Police confirmed yesterday that the family had been found and Mr Palacin Cambra was “overjoyed” with the news.
A spokesman confirmed a 45-year-old woman had been arrested by police in Gwent in connection with the search for four children from Llanelli.
“A man who was also arrested is currently being questioned by police to establish his involvement in the matter,” said the spokesman.